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So, You Want to Study Medicine and Be a Doctor?

You might be drawn to medicine careers if you are people-oriented and you love science.  You might want to be a doctor because the pay is great and it is a prestigious career.  The sad reality is that there many people loving, science loving teens out there and most of them don’t get to be doctors.  What does it take? What can you do if you don’t have what it takes but you wish you did?

In the Western Cape there are two universities that offer medicine.  They are the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch.  There are five other universities offering medicine throughout South Africa.  Universities each have different entrance requirements.  Competition for places is intense.  All universities have their own way of calculating your entrance marks based on your matric results overall as well as per subject requirements, depending on your course.  You must also write your National Benchmark Test (NBT).

University of Cape Town (UCT)

UCT allocate admission points out of 1000.  600 points are for your 6 matric subjects.  Life Orientation does not count.  300 points are for your NBT results.   100 points if for your letter of motivation.  You must have at least 60% for English, Maths and Physics.  Your average must be at least 75%.  You have a guaranteed offer if your total points are higher than 880.  Places may be offered to applicants with lower total points if they are disadvantaged currently or historically.  All applicants must still meet the minimum subject requirements.  All applicants must have the minimum average.  In reality, most applicants will have averages in the range of 80-90%.  UCT is generally harder to get into than Stellenbosch.

At UCT a small number of graduates who have completed either an approved undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the life sciences or natural sciences may be admitted direct to the second year of the MBChB degree.  They must have

(a) qualified for a place in first year MBChB
(b) completed approved courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology at tertiary level;
(c) passed such courses with at least 60% and at first attempt;
(d) completed basic courses in Afrikaans and Xhosa (or done such subjects at school-leaving level);
(e) attended a two-week pre-registration course and obtained at least 60% in an assessment at the end of that course.

Stellenbosch Univeristy

Stellenbosch allocates admission points out of 100.  School academics counts for 45%, NBTs for 30% and non-academic achievements for 25%.  You must have a minimum aggregate of at least 70%.  Your Maths, Physics and Life Science must be at least 50%.  In reality, most applicants will have averages in the range of 75-85%.

Stellenbosch also offers the possibility of transferring from a degree in life sciences or natural sciences at the end of first year.  The correct first year subjects must be taken.  Only 35 places are offered and you must compete for a space.  You are likely to be offered a place if your first year average is at least 85%, based on 2016 admission scores.

Alternatively you can gain apply to WITS for third year medicine if you have a science degree with specific subjects.  This is called the Graduate Entry Medical Program.

Other Medicine Careers

What are your options if you don’t have the marks likely to lead to an offer in medicine?  Fortunately there are MANY OTHER GOOD options for health study and medicine careers with lower academic requirements and even some that don’t require physics and accept maths literacy.

 

At UCT, the department of health offers degrees in physiotherapy (slightly easier to get into than medicine), occupational therapy and audiology (much easier to get into than medicine).  You can also do a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.  With Physiology you won’t be working hands on treating people but you could be the brains behind the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.  A science degree at UCT requires a minimum aggregate of 70% with probably offers at 77%.

Stellenbosch similarly has other health options with Physiotherapy again slightly easier than medicine to get into and Dietetics, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy being much easier.  Note also, you don’t need to have physics for Occupational or Speech therapy.  Stellenbosch also offers the option of a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.

With an average of 60-70% (code 5) you can consider Dentistry or Pharmacy at the University of Western Cape (UWC).

If you are more of a 50-60% (code 4) person then it is not all over for you!  UWC Department of Community and Health Sciences has many options in the health field that are easier to access including Dietetics, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social work, Sport science and Oral health with maths lit accepted for many courses (although the marks need to be higher than for pure maths) and physical science not required for all courses.  To see more about your options click here.

For the next range of options, with marks ranging from 40-59%, codes 3 & 4, you can look at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, department of Health and Wellness Science.  On offer here is Dental, Dental assisting, Emergency Medical, Nursing, Optical Dispensing, Radiography and Somatology (skin care).  All courses require Life Science and many also require Maths and Physical Science.  CPUT also offer Biotechnology- harnessing cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.  To see more about your options at CPUT click here.

 

490 replies
  1. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Please view UCT prospectus 2015 and advise on your comment that life sciences are needed to study medicine. Your insight on this matter would be appreciated

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi Thami, How about you start this conversation again? I can’t find where it started and I’m not sure what you are talking about now

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          • Kath Morse
            Kath Morse says:

            Hi, I don’t see you be accepted straight into medicine with these marks. What did you get on your NBTs and where did you apply to? You do have options though. You can rewrite maths and physics next year if your final marks are not good enough. If your marks are good enough for a science degree then you can transfer across at some universities. Otherwise you can consider another health option like emergency medical care, which is easier to get into. If you want to discuss further, please whatsapp me on 061 390 4470 or email on kathsaili@gmail.com All the best, Kath

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  3. Lillian
    Lillian says:

    Hi I wnt to study @ UCT next 2015,but I’am struggling to apply online please help me or send me an application form on POBOX 202,GLEN COWIE 1061.

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  4. yolanda
    yolanda says:

    hi, i failed matric in 2010 and i’ve registered to re-write in november this year only 3 subjects and im positive that i will pass, what im worried about is how to i apply now since i dont have a june report? Will i be able to apply only with my matric cirtificate if i pass exams? And since i’ll recieve my statement of results next year wont it be too late to apply?… Please help!!

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Yolanda, I don’t know much about re-writes but I suggest you call Sean Wilson at SAEP Bridging Year Program. He can probably help you with this. 021 447 3610 You can also call the Applications Office at the university you are hoping to apply to. They are usually very helpful also. Kath

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  5. SBONELO ZITHA
    SBONELO ZITHA says:

    YES YOLANDA YOU CAN APPLY ONLY WITHOUT JUNE REPORT ONLY IF U HAVE MATRIC CERTIFICATE YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO APPLY IN ALL VASITIES AROUND THE WOLRD

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  6. SBONELO ZITHA
    SBONELO ZITHA says:

    I WOULD LIKE YOU GUYS TO INFORM ME WHAT TO DO AS I AM A GRADE ELEVEN LEARNER I AM DOING SCIENCE SECTION AND MY DREAM IS TO BE A DOCTOR IN FEW YEARS TO COME SO WHAT MUST I DO TO MAKE MY DREAM TO BECOME TRUE? WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF BEING A DOCTOR? WHICH SUBJECTS MUST I PASS THEM VERY WELL WITH FLYING COLOURS. I AM A HIGHEST IN MY SCHOOL AT LIFE SCIENCE(BIOLOGY) AND MATHEMATICS.I AM 16 YEARS OLD AND BY 2016 I WANT TO GO A UNNIVERSITY AND CARRY ON WITH MY STUDIES, AND MY FAVOURATE VARSITY IS UNNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN AND WITS UNNIVERSITY SO GUYS PLEASE HELP ME TO MAKE MY DREAM OF BEING A DOCTOR TOBECOME TRUE.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, To get into medicine you will probably need at least an 80% aggregate. You must do maths and physics. Life Science is recommended. If you don’t have those marks there are plenty of other medical field options you can see in this blog.

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      • keitumetse
        keitumetse says:

        hi i’m keitumetse and willing to do a heart medicine and I am in grade 8 so I would like if you can be my mentor so I can achieve my dreams and I am excellent at school call me on 0784352000.thanks

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, We are not a mentoring service. The best advice I can give you is to work hard on your maths and science. The Answer Series is a really helpful study tool -www.theanswer.co.za Make sure you keep your marks always over 70% for all subjects. Maths and physics are compulsory for Gr 10-12 and life science is recommended. As the years go by, if you are not actually getting these marks, make a more realistic plan. There are many other options in the health field that are easier to meet the academic standard for. And have fun, keep your life balanced, be involved in sport, leadership and community service. All these things are considered when you apply for medicine. Kath

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  7. Betty ndlovu
    Betty ndlovu says:

    Hie im a zimbabwean woman and I would like to become a doctor bt I dnt have matric so I wanna if its possible 4mie to study with u guys. I assure u I know a lot in dis field already coz I bn studying own my own all the basics, so I dnt knw coz I read dis other article I came across with dat if I wanna study in dis field I must have the following subjects, maths, science,natural science or even maths leterecy. pliz help coz dis seem 2 be my dream job

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  8. Nompumelelo Jack
    Nompumelelo Jack says:

    Hello kath, well I’v always wanted to study MEDICINE. But the problem is in high school I majored in math and accounting,because my mother though I was good in it and she’s the one who choose the subjects for me. I’v managed to pass my matric with good marks and I got an B. Now I’m stuck with I don’t know what to do coz I wana become a doctor that’s what I’m passionate about “medicine” please advice me what can I do please I really need help!!!!. Thanxs.

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  9. zipho
    zipho says:

    I would love to study medicine at UCT and i am currently in matric. My aggregrate ranges between 75 and 80 and i do physics maths life science and accounting as school subjects…could you please explain the “race” principle that is used at UCT. Apprently you get credited a certain amount if you are a black female..Could you prehaps shed some light on that and secondly with my ever changing aggregate do you think i am likely to get accepted?
    thamk you

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  10. dora
    dora says:

    i have an aggregate which ranges between 75 and 80. Do you think it would be possibile for me to get accepted and could you please give some clarity on the “racial credation” so to say, at UCT
    thanks

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, UCT have had a policy of applying the same minimum standards to all racial categories however the “real offer” is differentiated by race with the open category most stringent on marks. The policy is intended in redress the educational inequality that is still a legacy of apartheid. However there has been lots of talk over the past year that this policy will be changed to use other ways of identifying disadvantage including the high school you are at and parent level of education. It is well worth going to the open day which will come up in March. You will be able to get more details then about general entry requirements as well as entry into the Dept of Health.

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  11. Tas
    Tas says:

    Hi, so i passed Matric in 2012 but i dont have the subjects to get into a university what could i do to get in? is there maybe a bidging course i could do? or should i re-write matric.. as in apply to write for the subjects i did not have ( physics and bio)? please help.

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  12. nonhle mbanjwar
    nonhle mbanjwar says:

    I want to rewrite my math and physics .Upgrade I mean not supplement .I wanted to study pharmacy but I did not qualify .SO this year I want to study nursing since I did not qualify for the career I wanted .the problem is must I study nursing this year only than next year if I get good marks drop and go to pharmacy or stay in nursing for the 4 year course then I can study pharmacy part time whilst working………And now that I wanted to upgrade what is the process when do I go to my last years school to apply to re-write……thank you for listening^^^^^^^^

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You need to decide what you’re going for. It is a lot of work to try and rewrite subjects as well as take on nursing. To rewrite contact LEAP Science and Maths or Y2K as they both offer lessons and rewrite options. To rewrite privately (and may be also manage to do nursing) try Brainline.

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  13. Gudrun Rosant
    Gudrun Rosant says:

    Hi, I am currently in matric and my marks are good. Would like to know more about the admission requirements to study medicine please.

    Thanx
    Gudrun

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The blog above gives general guidelines but you should contact at least two universities in your area and get specific requirements from them as they adjust their criteria year by year. There are seven universities offering medicine in South Africa. Open days are coming up soon and they are also a good way to get information. Most universities have student guidance services where you can discuss you results and options with a guidance counselor. It is good to check now because some universities require volunteer hours which you will need to start on. Also note that medicine often has an earlier closing date than other courses.

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  14. Asive
    Asive says:

    Hello everyone.currently i am a student at UWC and I am a male doing my second year in nursing. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE DOCTOR but the problem is I got level 4 in maths and what i noticed is that universities need at least level 5 and yes I managed to get 5 in physics and life science.I didn’t apply that for medicine so that is why I ended up doing nursing. so can any one please advice me of what I can do now or in future.. you all stay smart and enjoy your day.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think the best plan would be to book an appointment with a careers advisor at a university that has medicine (Stellenbosch or UCT are your closest). Take along your first year final results and ask about the possibility of changing courses. Kath

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  15. Jessy Grove
    Jessy Grove says:

    Hi my name is Jessy Gtove and im really keen to study speech pathology but I don’t take science and pyre maths. I take maths lit and biology consumers study business would I be able to?

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  16. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Hi, I just wanted some clarity (or rather put my mind at ease). I am currently in matric, I have an aggregate of above 80%, end of last year it was 83%. it has always been a dream of mine to study medicine at UCT however I’ve become quite discouraged by the talks of how difficult it is to get in and how an aggregate of over 80% doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be accepted so I just wanted to find out if you think I stand a chance of getting provisionally acceptance. I am a black female by the way.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Amanda, It is hard to get into medicine but your marks are good and I think you can be hopeful. Remember that some universities also consider your leadership, extra mural and volunteering activities. I always encourage applying to at least two institutes and also looking carefully at a second choice, if you don’t make it for medicine. There are other health options in the Health faculty at UCT that are easier to get into than medicine and there is also Human Physiology in the Science faculty. UCT are changing their admissions criteria so that if you have a disadvantaged background then the marks to get in will be lower. They are measuring disadvantage by the high school you are going to and your home language. There are other factors also but they were a bit vague when I phoned them yesterday and said to check the website next week.

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  17. Xolelwa Ami
    Xolelwa Ami says:

    Hi Kath I have a major problem im in matric I want to become doctor. Problem is I don’t have physics and I get less than 60%/50% for pure maths. I was thinking of bridging physics but as for my maths mark its low and by the way I’m not keen for physiotherapy or occupational therapist. Please help me please and I was hoping on studying aboard Hope I’m not asking to much

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, you need maths and physics. Life Science is recommended. You will probably also need an aggregate of 80%+.

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      • Hlogi
        Hlogi says:

        Hy kath Am Hlogi, am currently in Matric this year and I don’t have physical science and I wanna persue my dream by being a doctor. So do I qualify

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi Hlogi, I don’t think you can qualify without physics. There are other courses you can do though like Paramedic, Nursing, Speech and Language Therapy, Sports Science.

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  18. sam
    sam says:

    Hey.can somebody plz hlp me
    I hv alwyz wanted to become a doctor/dentist but i’v never been succesfull in admission at either university of pretoria or medunsa.i dd matric in 2011 .my matric results are Life sciences 84%,Physics 82%,Maths 92%,Agri sciences 78%,Sepedi HL 76%,Engfal 59%,L.O 81% .do i meet the requirements for BchD at UWC or do i need to resit for ds Englsh?,plz help me guyz.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It is probably your English that has stopped you getting into medicine however it looks to me like you are eligible for dentistry at UWC. The best thing to do though is to phone the university and speak to a careers advisor. I feel really sorry for you that you have been applying all this time and no one has given you good advice on what you can get into. Ask for help!!!

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    • Manelly
      Manelly says:

      Woow mr sam ur results are gud i jxt need smeone to advice me bcz i wnt 2 be a doctor it was my persion even at joniour nw im doing grade 11 i am tryng my best its hard even to sleep whn im studing i spend 6 hrs in my books bt i dnt c a change can smeone help me i’m despirat

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  19. rukeya
    rukeya says:

    Hi There

    I matriculated in 2012. I would like to study software development but I only received a code 2 for maths as well as physics. However my average is 61.75%. Is it at all possible for me to get into the field of I.T and if so,where can I apply?

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  20. Thapelo
    Thapelo says:

    Hello, I matriculated in 2007 and in 2008 I could get admission letter to study medicine at mendusa, then I decided to study dietetics in 2009, graduated in 2012 but I still have strong desire for medicine. I wanna know what are my chances to start all over again and register medicine

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Thapelo, it is fine to apply with a matric from a few years back as well as your degree. You still need to meet minimum entry requirements, as for when you applied in 2008. I suggest you contact a course advisor at the universities you are interested in to find out if you might get credit for some of the dietetics. The most difficult thing about medicine is that it is very expensive and hard to get a bursary for undergrad.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Of course, your highest qualification is always considered upon application to a new degree. In addition, if you have relevant work experience or are a mature student, this may also be considered.

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  21. nelly
    nelly says:

    kath does Uct offer optometry, dentistry and pharmacy?
    and does Uwc offer optometry?

    and do you think if one thats in matric right now can send in their first term report in with their grade11 report since selection courses close soon and later on send in their 2nd term? like will they look at the 1rst term report? even though it wasn’t an exam term just to show them the difference between your grade11 and your recent marks?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Stellenbosch University uses the end Gr 11 report report only. UCT, UWC and CPUT use end Gr 11 and also any Gr 12 reports. I don’t think you can do those courses at the Universities listed but you should phone them and ask. CPUT has optometry and UWC has Pharmacy and Dentistry.

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  22. nelly
    nelly says:

    Please give me each of their numbers of where I can get hold of them because some of these websites aren’t as detailed and I don’t live in CPT.

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  23. Unathi Nkomombini
    Unathi Nkomombini says:

    I am doing BSc Medical Bioscience degree,final (third) year student. I was wondering if is it possible for me to be credited if I want to do Medicine at UCT, Stellenborch University, or even at WITS. I don’t want to be a 1st year student again,please help!!!!!…………………

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, the best thing to do is to contact the university admissions, number is below. Generally it is up to the faculty to decide on credit for previous courses. I would fully expect you to get some credit but I can’t promise you can skip first year.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Christina, sadly you are not going to get into medicine. I’m not sure when you wrote matric but if you don’t want to give up the medical field, I would be recommending you do a rewrite for maths and then look at some other options in the medical field like emergency medical, dental assistant, ophthalmology dispensing etc. If you are in Cape Town then CPUT and UWC would be the places to look for these options. There are a few options for rewrites in Cape Town including LEAP, Y2K and SAEP bridging year program. It is too late to apply for their courses this year but you can apply for next year. If you are happy to look at other options, go along to your local FET college for a careers consultation. In Cape Town there is Cape College, False Bay College and NorthLink College.

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  24. Nadia kgady Rams
    Nadia kgady Rams says:

    Hi..i always wanted to study medicine,unfortunately I didn’t meet the minimum requirements so i went to study Bsc in molecular and life sciences in Uni Lim ,so now i would like to know if i stand any chance of getting into medical school?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You should ask at your university however my understanding is that there is no easy transfer from science to med. You have to reapply and be considered along with other applicants that year.

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  25. yvonne makwara
    yvonne makwara says:

    Hi , i am currently in grade 9 at RGHS in stellenbosch . I would love to study medicine at stellenbosch university. I have a few questions though. 1. Because I am in Rhenish,does it give me an advantage to being accepted at stellenbosch ?2. If I do not get an 80 -90% average in grade 8,9 or 10, but I do get one in grade 11 will there still be a chance for me to be accepted into medical faculty ? 3. Apart from academic performances, what else do medical faculties look at to determine whether you will be accepted to study medicine ?4. Does doing sport contribute to your acceptance into medicine ?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      As far as I know, there is no advantage for which school you are at to being accepted at university. University’s select the applicants who meet minimum criteria, have the highest marks overall or have good marks despite disadvantage (economic, racial, poor schooling etc). You submit with your Gr 11 reports, not previous grades. However, for maths and physics, if you struggle in Gr 10, you will likely also struggle in Gr 11. Stellenbosch award entry points for a range of things including volunteering, sport, leadership, other extra mural, community service. Go along to an open day to find out more.

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  26. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Hi, i’m curently in matric and want to study medicine next year. However, i’m taking acc, physc, lifesc and MATHS LIT and all my subjects are A’s. So i wanna know if theres any chance orr hope that I study medicine even with a great maths lit mark.

    Thanks in advanced.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      No chance with Maths Lit unfortunately but you can do nursing. Otherwise, I suggest you rewrite with maths through a bridging year program or online learning.

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  27. thapelo
    thapelo says:

    Hi,everyone i am a grade 10 and i m doing science and maths.i want to be a surgeon and i want to know the requirements for this career in varsities,what are the minimum requirements for this career and the marks for me to obtain a bursary pls hp guyz

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You must take maths and physics. Life Science is recommended. You will probably need an average of at least 80%, but it also depends on where you apply and who else applies that year. You should be involved in leadership, extra mural, community service and volunteering, particularly if you apply to Stellenbosch as you get admission points for these things. The best thing to do is go along to the open days at the universities where you are interested. Kath

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  28. yolanda
    yolanda says:

    Greetings. I am currently in grade 11. Math, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Accounting are some of my subjects. My average is usually between 84% and 88% . I am very much involved in my community . How great do you think my chances are of gaining acceptance in a medical school?
    Thanks in advance

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      It sounds like your chances are really good as long as you apply on time. Think about how you are going to fund it also as medicine is an expensive course. Check with the institutes you are interested in as to what they can offer for funding. Also Provincial Health and Dept of Correctional Services offer bursaries for medicine.

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  29. sophie
    sophie says:

    i really and truly would love to study medicine…but i have an issue. um in grd 11 i take life sciences and pure mathematics however i dont take physics. i tried changing subjects to take physics but my school did not allow due to lack of space … is it possible for me to study medicine without doing physics????

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  30. rearabetswe
    rearabetswe says:

    I’m in grade 10 and want to do medicine in 2018 what will be required from my matric results . I need all the requirements.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You must take maths and physics. Life Science is recommended. You will probably need an average of at least 80%, but it also depends on where you apply and who else applies that year. You should be involved in leadership, extra mural, community service and volunteering, particularly if you apply to Stellenbosch as you get admission points for these things. The best thing to do is go along to the open days at the universities where you are interested. Kath

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  31. karabo masha
    karabo masha says:

    hey Kath i dd matric in 2012 and i have code 5 on almost my subjest..i dd science nd maths so in 2014 i dd studied biological scieces in university of Pretoria but later on got dropped out coz of academic perfomance,,so i want to knw that will it b a problem for me to get into pharmacy at UWC and will they need my academic results even if i got dropped out of the cause..i am currently working plz help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, when you apply you only send in your matric results. For pharmacy you need minimum code 4 for english, maths, life science and physics. You can also consider a learnership as an assistant pharmacist. Clicks offer these. If you didn’t do so well at university it might suit you better to have a job where you can learn and get a qualification. The dealine is past on this ad but you can check again in a few months. I think they have intake twice/ year. http://luckysters.com/stub/pharmacy-assistance-learnership-programme-at-clicks/

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  32. Precious
    Precious says:

    Hey, does it matter which type of Bsc you are studying so you can be considered in medicine? And are there credits if you completed a certain degree related to medicine ?

    Thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, There is no easy transfer from science to medicine. It is an entirely different degree at most universities. You should check with your university about this though. When you apply for medicine it will be on the basis of your matric results unless you have completed a degree. If you have completed a degree already then you will include your matric results and your degree results.

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  33. zanele
    zanele says:

    Hi, if you did btech in biomedical technology nd u are also a qualified medical technologist. Can i do medicine nd be credited subjects? If yes, how many years would i be credited?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you read the comments and replies on this blog you will see that I don’t know the answer to this. You need to check with your university for what credits you can get if you are accepted for medicine. Kath

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  34. thapelo kgomo
    thapelo kgomo says:

    hi kath,I have pass matric with examption I was doing maths literacy n geography n life sciences. now I have realised my passion n is to be a doctor is der anything I can do to study sciences n mathemathics?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can do matric online or you can go to a college. The links for online courses are in the comments on this page. Otherwise there are medical fields (not being a doctor) that you can do with maths lit and life sciences. Tell me more about where you are and how long ago you did matric then may be I can help.

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  35. Darren
    Darren says:

    Hi Kath

    Thanks for posting an informative and helpful blog, it was a great help. I applied to study medicine at UCT in 2016 and matriculated in 2010. My average was 91. I was unsure about what to study so I pursued a BSc in pure and applied chemistry and graduated (cum laude) in 2014. This year I undertook a masters degree in medical microbiology while applying to study medicine. I’m extremely anxious about my chances of being accepted at UCT (since I am indian, male and from outside Cape Town). Can you please give me your honest opinion? My NBT scores were not great (208 in total, my high school maths was seriously rusty). Should I re-write them before 11 October this year? I’ve also submitted a CV as part of my application.

    Thanks again and kind regards
    Darren

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Darren, As far as I am aware you should be discriminated against for being male, Indian and outside of Cape Town. Students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds (no longer determined by race but rather by things like high school, parental income and parental education) do have lower entry criterion. NBTs are a really important part of your entry mark and I DO suggest that you revise and rewrite. The prospectus suggests that probable offer for medicine at UCT in the open band is NBT score of 270. Your matric marks look fine though.

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      • Darren
        Darren says:

        Hi Kath

        Hope you are well. I re-wrote the NBT’s and managed to increase my score from 208 to 247. I’m just still a little concerned that my score isn’t high enough to be accepted into UCT’s MBChB program. I submitted a CV but I’m not exactly sure how the CV and tertiary academic record are factored into the MedPS score. Please advise?

        Regards
        Darren

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  36. law
    law says:

    hey m doing history,maths lit,geo and life science so i wanna know if its possible for me to study psychology or become a geography teacher

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Psychology is part of the humanities faculty at UCT, Stellenbosch and UWC. You can get in with maths lit as long as you have the minimum entrance points. Similarly for geography teaching, as long as you have the minimum marks to enter, reasonable English and Geography, your other subjects won’t matter. NSFAS offer bursaries for teaching.

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  37. cyril
    cyril says:

    hey kath. im in matric now doing pure maths, physical n life sciences. i would like to study microbiology but my maths is not good im still at level 3, physics level 6 n life science at level 7. would i be accepted? if not, where would i will best fit in field of science?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m going to be honest here, you are really going to struggle to get into anything science related with maths only code 3. If you do get in, they are probably going to recommend you do an extended year program and get some help with your maths. If you are in Cape Town, I suggest you look at CPUT Faculty of Applied Sciences, they do have some courses with minimum code 3 maths, not microbiology though. You can also look at UWC. If you don’t get in, I strongly suggest you do a second chance or bridging year program. You obviously have academic ability and probably just have some big gaps in your maths understanding that will be able to remedied if you get another chance. Contact Sean Wilson at SAEP and ask about their bridging year program.

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  38. Dineo lekwape
    Dineo lekwape says:

    Hi I need advice I want to be a nurse so I was told to go hack to school and rewrite my matric soon have to change subjects, it’s gonna be my first time doing physical science and biology. Is it a good idea to To take this subject for the first time for one year or?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Dineo, just check the course you are interested for because I don’t think you will need physics? At UWC, for example, you need minimum 50% for English, Maths and Life Science plus 40% for first additional language. You also need to meet the minimum entry points – file:///C:/Users/Katherine/Downloads/CHS%20Undergraduate%20Brochure_electronic.pdf
      You should be fine to do biology in one year as long as you work hard. UCT Science, for example, allows you into biology without having done biology at high school. They just seem to cram the whole high school syllabus into the first semester.

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  39. Michael
    Michael says:

    I have a b-tech in biomedical technology but my marks in matric are no that great so what can I du to study medical engineering or medicine? #thanx in advance

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      When you apply for a second degree you always include your most recent marks as well as your matric. They will consider that you have done further study.

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  40. Yvonne Makwara
    Yvonne Makwara says:

    Hi Kath. Since doing community service is very important to get in at Stellenbosch university’s medical faculty, where do you recommend I start doing community service. I had thought of getting my level 3 first aid, helping at the surgery near my house, helping out at the public clinic or at the hospital. Do you think I can start doing my voluntary work, or am I too young, I am 14 this year.

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  41. bathandwa
    bathandwa says:

    Hey Kath I am currently in grade 11 and my aggregate is always 84 percent. I did not take life sciences but I did take physics pure maths accounting and I consistently get A’s in them. Is there any university that can accept me without life sciences?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Yes! You don’t need Life Sciences for medicine at most universities however it is recommended. Make sure you also have a well rounded portfolio including volunteering, community projects, leadership, extra murals. Keep a record of what you do and make sure you apply on time. Medicine closes before all other faculties and many universities use your END OF GRADE 11 results to decide on whether to offer you a place. So keep working hard!

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m not sure if there is a qualification for “assistant doctor”. Generally doctors assist each other according to their level of experience and expertise, with junior doctors assisting senior specialists. Can you clarify?

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  42. chantel
    chantel says:

    hy guys i need ur help i am in grade 9 and i want to be a doctor but i want to chose the following subjects in grade 10 maths literacy,life science,life orietation,english,setswana,history,physical science

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Chantel, Is it too late to change your subjects? You can’t be a doctor with maths lit. Also, physics and maths lit is not a good combination. If you can’t change to pure maths, I suggest you change physics for something that is not so hard to get good marks. All the tertiary courses that ask for physics will also ask for pure maths.

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  43. Camira
    Camira says:

    Im still in matric and would like to apply for speech-language in my grade 11 , 12 march,june results in english i got a 66 and a 98 and in lifescience i got a 71% and a 72 % i Got below 60 % for math lit will I get rejected ?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Camira, If you are applying to UCT you need a minimum of 60% for Maths Lit plus you need to write the NBT and get results in an intermediate range, which might be a challenge if your maths lit is below 60%. You should complete the part of the form that allows for individual motivation as they might consider you even if your NBTs are not strong enough. If they think there is a chance your maths lit will meet the standard by your final matric results, you shouldn’t be rejected. If it is a long way off however, they may reject you. The best plan is always to have a second option that you feel confident about being able to get into. Have a look at some of the courses at CPUT and be mindful of the fact that applications are closing on 30th Sep.

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  44. Reginalt
    Reginalt says:

    Hy uct..im having a problem because i missed thé deadline for thé university which i applied for to write thé nbt,so if i happens to get 7 distinctions by final exams will i be able to be admitted at thé university even though i could not be able to write thé nbt?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You are not going to get into medicine with maths code 4. You have many other options in the medicine field that you can study though. Read the blog on this page and have a look at nursing, emergency medical care, physiotherapy, psychology, speech-language pathology etc.

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  45. Nombulelo
    Nombulelo says:

    hi Kath
    i am currently in grade 11. i have a tremendous interest in studying medicine, either at uct or wits. but apparently, i do not excel in my mathematics and physical science. i usually get a c symbol but working very hard towards getting an A rather. when i apply with my end of year grade 11 report and its not too good will i still be considered or do my final grade 12 marks really count?
    really Kath, medicine is what i really wan to do!

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Nombulelo, Your end of Gr 11 report is really important for med applications. If your Gr 12 marks end up being amazing then you might be offered any LEFTOVER places that were not taken up by students with good Gr 11 results. I have been doing some analysis about mark improvements from Gr 11 to end Gr 12. Marks don’t ever improve by more than 10%. Ever. And in reality, they mostly stay pretty much the same. I suggest you keep working hard and look at other medical options apart from being a doctor. Sorry to disappoint, Kath

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  46. Nhlanzeko Khanyile
    Nhlanzeko Khanyile says:

    Hi there

    I just wanted to ask how sure you are regarding getting admitted into UWC’s Dentistry School? Isn’t it was competitive as Medicine and why would they only want an average of 60% from you when the minimum points requirement is 40 ( 5 Level 7’s and 2 Level 6’s). Also, do you have any idea of how many places they offer for their Dentistry Programme?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you have an average code 5, that will give you 45 points for admission at UWC. Universities set minimum entrance criteria and then take the best applicants who have met that criteria. It is always worth asking what the “real offer” was for the previous year – i.e. the marks you really had to get to be offered a place. I have found that the university open day is the best place to find this out, but I’m sure you can also phone the department and talk through your questions. Telephone : +27 21 959 3900 : Prospective Students

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  47. Kyle
    Kyle says:

    Good-day Kath

    Your information is very helpful Thank You .May I have your view on this; My goal is to pursue a career in Medicine ,however I have not been accepted for MBChB on any of the universities I applied to .
    I also applied and have been accepted for a BSC: Radiography at CPUT and I am awaiting a response from UCT for a BSC: Occupational Therapy .

    My questions are as follows :
    1. Is there any significant difference in BSC degree from a * University* as opposed to a *University of Technology* ?
    2. Should I be accepted for Occupational Therapy too , upon completion which of the two degrees would put me at a better advantage to pursue a MbChB degree again.

    Kind Regards

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Kyle,
      1. A Bachelor degree is the same level of qualification no matter where you get it from. CPUT is the only place in the Western Cape offering the degree in radiography and I think you’ll find the employment prospects are good. It’s also worth checking the pay scales for various positions. This is the one for radiography – http://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Radiographer/Salary and occupational therapist – http://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Occupational_Therapist_(OT)/Salary (just in case you decide that 4 years is enough study!)
      2. I really can’t give good advice about how a university might select a graduate into medicine. I would suggest that you make an appointment at the university student advisor office and ask there. I have always found UCT to be helpful – 021 650 2128
      Good luck, Kath

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  48. Tumelo Mabasa
    Tumelo Mabasa says:

    Hi I have got 40% on maths,68% Physical sciences,60% life sciences,63% Geo and 70% English.I want to know if i can be accepted to do Dentistry at UWC.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Your maths doesn’t meet the minimum for Bachelor of Dentistry however you might be successful with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Maths Code 3, Life Science Code 4, total 27 admission points). The rest of your marks are good though. You should seriously consider rewriting Maths through a bridging year program. I’m sure you can do better.

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  49. Siewert
    Siewert says:

    Hi, I am currently a student at the NWU in potchefstroom,studying Bsc microbiology + physiology in my second year. Getting into medical school in this country is very very hard but not impossible.Becoming a docter has been my life long dream and I just want some advise on whether I would be able to reapply for medicine for 2017 with my university marks? All my subjects are over 60% with physiology well in the deep 60’s as well as my Zoology,physics and chemisty.Im also doing shadowing and community service…and did my NBT tests. ANY TIPS????

    Siewert 🙂

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Yes you can apply with your university results. Community service will help. My best suggestion is to contact the university where you want to study medicine and ask them how they will assess an application from a university graduate.

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      • Siewert
        Siewert says:

        Thank you very much will do just that! Keep on helping people like us with dreams to change this country and maybe even the world!!

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  50. Sihle
    Sihle says:

    Hey everyone
    I’m desperate in finding advice
    I’m currently in grade 11 and I’d like to apply for medicine(MBChB) next year and knowing that you apply with your grade 11 marks seems to scare me a lot .. I get between 50’s for my mathematics this year .. Is there still hope for me?

    Thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sihle, There is really no chance of getting into medicine with maths in the 50s. Why don’t you look at some of the other options in the medical field? Just because you can’t be a doctor doesn’t mean you can’t work in health. Kath

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  51. aphiwe
    aphiwe says:

    Since I have maths literacy without physics I want to know how can I obtain pure maths and physics as I’m already a graduate in grade 12…i want to study medicine but I need required subjects. Plz help how can I obtain them

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  52. Lerato Shourn
    Lerato Shourn says:

    Hi Keith, I have been given an offer to study medicine at uct. I just want to know, how likely is it for me to get into this field of MBChB? My average I’m sure is around 90% with my bad nbt of 200 . im black male, from rural. I really want this field

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  53. Terry
    Terry says:

    Good day
    I just got my grade 11 report back, I am in an IEB school and I have good results for every subject except Maths and Science. I have about 30% for both.
    I want to study medicine at UCT and I understand that because I failed to meet the minimum requirements I will not be accepted. But I am in grade 11, and I know I will work harder in grade 12 and make sure I am accepted. So do I still have a chance in UCT? I know I will not get provisional acceptance, but do I still have a shot with my grade 12 marks?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The problem with applying for medicine with not so great Gr 11 results is that you will not be included in the initial round of offers. That means if you do finally end up with amazing final results, you will be competing for leftover places. So it is harder but not impossible. Remember also that your UCT application marks are made up by your NBTs up to 300 points and the rest up to 600 points. You will need to do well in your NBTs to be in even considered after matric. I spend a lot of time watching kids marks through the grades and I have not EVER seen maths and science go from 30% to 80% over the course of Grade 12 so I am quite worried that your plan is not realistic. Make sure that you consider other options including non-science options as well as tertiary institutes that are easier to get into. Kath

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  54. Brite Mphuthi
    Brite Mphuthi says:

    Hi there, I would like you to inform me. Am currently doing my BSc degree at UCT in Human physiology and genetics am a 2nd year. However, I really want to study MBchB. What am not sure of is that, do they take student who just finished their Bsc or do I need to add honours to be accepted?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can reapply for medicine every year. They will take into account the study you have done however completing your BSc, even with honors, does not guarantee you a place in medicine. You should go and speak to admissions at UCT also. They are really helpful with this sort of thing. Kath

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  55. Gigi
    Gigi says:

    hi guys i would like to know if i passed my grade 11 and not so well could i still apply in matric and still become a cosmatic dermetologist

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Dermatology is a specialty of medicine. If your marks are not so good in Gr 11 then it is not likely you will get into it. There is still time to think of other options though.

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  56. andile ndaba
    andile ndaba says:

    Hi I am currently in grade11 I’d also like to do medicine and I am really good in maths but I have a huge problem when it comes to physics. For term3 I got100% fr maths and 64% in physics..then for my final I got 82% in maths and 63% in physics….are my chances of being a doctor ruined?..or could my grd12 report save me by any chance?…help please

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Do you have Life Science also? If you are doing well in that it can help save you for medicine. Also you can still get offers for medicine after your matric results come out, it is just harder because so many of the places are taken up already.

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  57. kamogelo
    kamogelo says:

    hey I got 76% maths,71% physics,65% english,63% life science and I got average mark of 72, I would like to ask if my marks are enough to study medicine at UCT?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      No, your marks are not enough for medicine at UCT. Also to study medicine at UCT you must do the NBTs. Your NBT marks combine with your matric marks to give you a score out of 900. Your results are good though and you would have options at other universities.

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  58. Brian
    Brian says:

    Hi Kate

    I’m a 31yrs old black male and married currently working for a Transnet as a technician and I did mechanical engineering from 2004 – 2006 at a technikon but did not finish my diploma…been working for 8 years now and was wondering if it would be possible to do medicine if I decide to resign and start with Science Foundation Programme or do those subject required for medicine at UKZN or Stellenbosch..I’m considering to do my 1st year by 2017

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Brian, I’ve not been able to work out this pathway to medicine for people who didn’t do the right matric subjects or didn’t get the required marks. I suggest you contact the medical faculty at the institute you’d like to study at and ask them about it. If you do find a way to upgrade your entry, I would love to know because I get this question quite often. Sorry I can’t help! Kath

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  59. pholosho
    pholosho says:

    Ey I am doing my grade 11 and my results aint really good,I do maths,physics and life sciences I really wana knw is it going to be possible for me to register in any university using my matric results coz I hv been workin so hard to make sure I nail my june grade 12 results and not using a grade 11 report will it be possible that I be taken by any university please please help me I wnt to knw and I wana do biomedical science……will it be possible..

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      When you apply you have to send in your end of Gr 11 report. You can also send in a Gr 12 recent report. Unless your results are devastatingly bad, the university will wait for your matric results to decide on your application. CPUT and UWC will be the easiest to get into.

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  60. Kamogelo
    Kamogelo says:

    Okay thank you so much.My friend got 90%maths,79%physics and 49% English, he does not meet the requirement in english for most varsities,but he does meet the APS score,i would like to ask for him if by any chance they would accept him as he would like to study engineering

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You do have to meet subject mark requirements as well as APS scores. He should rewrite English and then apply. There are some good rewrite programs in Cape Town. Contact SAEP, Sean Wilson 0828660992.

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  61. Shasha
    Shasha says:

    Hi there, I am 16 and going to Grade 11 next year, I would like to become a surgeon ,I take life sciences ,physical sciences and Business studies ,my average is in the mid 80s. However, I have only been in south Africa for 2 or 3 years now and I have a study permit but there are rumors going on that it is impossible to apply for medicine with a study permit,could you please tell me more about that?and also I do volunteer from time to time but not on a daily basis, do you perhaps know any organisation I can join? Or any other time of leadership or community service I can do to get some credits? And the last problem is that I take french and not Afrikaans as second additional language, will that jeopardize me?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you don’t get residency before you finish Gr 12, you will be able to apply in the open or international category to study. It will be harder for you to get a place than for SA residents but you will not be excluded. Regular volunteer work will help your application. If you are in Cape Town, try Red Cross Children’s hospital. I am not sure about the language. I don’t think it should be a problem for your application but it will be best to check at the university you are applying to. Go along to the open day this year and ask. It will be a bigger problem in terms of working if you don’t have any South African languages.

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  62. sandla magazi
    sandla magazi says:

    Hi kath im doing BSc in medical bioscience at UWC in second level, my majors are phyisiology, anotomy and medical microbiology. The duration of the course is four years and then i will get my degree.I would like to study MBChB in uct after my this degree. how long will it take me, 6 yrs or less

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You should get credit for some of your courses but I can’t tell you how that will impact the length of your degree. You should ask at UCT Admissions.

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      • Laycon
        Laycon says:

        Hi Kath

        I am currently a learner about to start my grade 12 year and I would like to study MBChB next year. My grade 11 marks, however, are not above the 80% aggregate you mentioned above, but they do meet the minimum admission requirements. Can I apply with my grade 12 June or September marks at either UCT or US?

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, You will have to send in your end of Gr 11 report but you can also send in other reports. You may not get an offer immediately but if your matric results are a big improvement you might get an offer then.

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  63. tshamano
    tshamano says:

    Hey I applied at UCT for medicine but my application was unsuccessful because my NBT marks were low, but my final NCS results are good, I got 7 distinctions. So is it possible for UCT to change my application status

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      No, unfortunately they will not change your status. You have to meet all the minimum standards for application – the NBT standard, the per subject standard and your total marks also. You can’t make up for poor NBTs by having a great matric. I hope you applied some where else or put in a second choice at UCT?

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  64. zanele
    zanele says:

    Hi Kath im in grade 10 know and i choose maths lits,life sciences,geography,life orientation and i want to know which jobs can i get for this subject that i choose

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m not sure because you didn’t tell me the job you would like to do? If you want to be a doctor, engineer or scientist you need physics and maths. Other jobs you do not need these subjects for.

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  65. Msizi
    Msizi says:

    Hi Kath I was doing grade 12 last year I want to know if I qualify for Medicine with these results,life sciences89%,physics85%,geography89%,maths77%,english71%,isizulu78%…….if not do I qualify for a bridging course for medicine at UCT or any other institutions

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I would expect that you could get into medicine at Stellenbosch, if you apply on time. You also need to write your National Bench Mark test and reach the minimum level AND have community service and leadership. You may be able to get into medicine at UCT but your maths might be a problem. Once again you need to write your NBTs and reach the minimum level. UCT is the hardest university to get into.

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  66. katlego
    katlego says:

    Hi,I was doing grade 12 in 2915.I just realized that I’d like to study medicine,but the problem is I didn’t apply for medicine in any university

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You will have to apply for 2017. Meanwhile, go and volunteer, do something good for your community etc. These things help with your application for medicine. Also go to the university open days and find out how to make applications, check you have the right subjects and marks and pay attention to the closing date.

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  67. Al
    Al says:

    Please pardon my ignorance: I would really appreciate any input on the following, ive searched online but all the resources available are from abroad.

    I am very inclined to medicine, not for the monetary gain or status, i think i have the potential to be a good doctor. I am already comfortable and set in my lifestyle. I have not matriculated which is an obstacle I am prepared to remedy. At 32, is this an over strenuous ambition to be following? Can one study medicine part time ? Considering my age and certain set backs that I already have is there a way forward for someone like me or somewhere I can go to for more information?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think it’s great you want to get your matric and it is certainly the first step if you are going to study further. An alternative could be that UNISA offer some bridging courses for older people (not 18 year olds) who want to study at tertiary but didn’t matric or didn’t do well enough in matric. I don’t know much about this but suggest you contact them for advice. You can’t study medicine part time but may be there are other courses at UNISA you will be interested in?

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  68. SIMO
    SIMO says:

    Hi ,I was doing matric in 2015 and I decided to take a gap year ,I got an aggregate of exactly 80% with 5As with Math 75% and english 70% and I’m a black male …what are my chances of getting into medicine at UCT for 2016 and Must I upgrade my maths to stand a better chance?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Simo, I’m not sure if you applied already for medicine at UCT for 2016, in which case you will have heard already if you are accepted. UCT is the hardest university to get into for medicine (or anything really). UCT have changed their admission process and now give a % weight for disadvantage and also for racial diversity. Being black will give you a boost to your points. Disadvantage is based on which school you went to and family factors. You can get 0-20% weighting for medicine. For Medicine you still must meet the minimum requirements (before your boost). This year that is: 450 FPS, 60% English, Maths and Physics plus you must write your NBTs and obtain at least an intermediate score for all papers. (If you were applying in the open category, you would need a proficient rating on the NBT). You will be in the weighted category (although I don’t know what % weighting you will get). UCT also list the points you are LIKELY to need to be offered a place at 862/900 points. 300 points are from your NBTs and 600 from your NSC. So, for example, if you have 712 with a 20% weighting boost, you will meet the likely entrance mark. It is recommended that you also write a personal report which can be considered when resolving your application.

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  69. Sandy
    Sandy says:

    Hi I want to be a doctor, but I applied for bsc medical biosciences do you think its possible, if it is what should I do to achieve this

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Medical Bioscience is a good degree but you won’t be a doctor. Some Medicine degrees will give you credit for first year if you have a science degree and have passed everything well.

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  70. Botle Moswatsi
    Botle Moswatsi says:

    Hi!
    I wanna study Medicine and Surgery at UCT in 2017 but I’m still in my 2nd year of B.Sc Biology and Chemistry and only writting my final exam on May and will get my results in June. How can i study there next year? Im from Lesotho.

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  71. GOODNESS SEBATA
    GOODNESS SEBATA says:

    Hi I’m doin grade 12 n I want to do medicine. my prblem is tht I did nt got excelence results in grade 11. so I’m confused I don’t knw wether I’m goin use my june matric results to apply or final exams matric result?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You must use your end of Gr 11 report. You can also add more recent reports. You should apply for a second option that you have a good chance of being accepted into if your marks are not so strong for medicine.

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  72. SIMO
    SIMO says:

    Keth please further explain and give some few examples on what you mean by doing something good for the community,and when I’m done where will I get the proof that ill submit to the university?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Simo, go and volunteer somewhere – Red Cross Children’s Hospital, at an NGO or other organisation that has a volunteer program. Keep a record of your hours and ask your supervisor to sign off.

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  73. Rimeka
    Rimeka says:

    Hi, I wrote AS and A level cambridge exams plus the NBT exams I want to apply in the medical faculty, but some say that AS and A level cambridge exams are higher level than the WCED exams… But i got 45% and higher for all my subjects and in NBT 50% and higher for mathematics and english, so I want to know if I’ll still be able to get into the medical faculty at UCT or stellenbosch. Bcoz some say i can convert my marks or whatver

    please i need help with this

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      It means that there are other categories that take into consideration race or disadvantage. Open means you are white or foreign and not eligible for any “consideration”

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  74. Wizzkeed
    Wizzkeed says:

    Hi Kate

    Thanks for sharing replying to our questions. I’m a 24 year old black male who went to a township school and did my matric about a few years back and I also dropped out a science degree so obviously I have to apply with my grade 12 results but problem is I got 50s on maths and English but the rest of the subjects are either A’s or B’s and I know I won’t be accepted with those results. If I upgrade those 2 subjects will I write with the matriculants at November/December or will I write before?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Upgrades write in Nov/Dec. It is also worth getting into a matric rewrite program. If you are in Cape Town try LEAP, Y2K or SAEP bridging year program. Also look at courses at Cape College and CPUT. You may find something you can apply for with maths and English in the 50s. Well done on considering further study even after this gap!

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  75. palesa
    palesa says:

    Hy, I am currently doing my final year at uwc in a BSc of health sciences.I would like to apply for medicine for next year, my math mark in matric was horrible and I’m planning on upgrading this year….guess my question is what will they look at the most….matric or current results

    thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, the best idea is to contact admissions at the university you are hoping to study at and ask them. If you took maths as part of your BSc, I would think that that would be taken into consideration BUT every university has its own admissions policies and you can only find out by asking directly.

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  76. cartiey
    cartiey says:

    hi am in matric and am going life science,physical science,geography and mathematics and I realised that I love biology just that am not good on physics and mathematics please help me

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m not sure what you are asking here? Are you asking for a career in the medical field that is mostly bio and not too much maths and physics?

      Reply
        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Nursing, emergency medical care and dental assistant are among the easier ones to get into with less or no need for physics (but make sure you carefully check the course entry requirements). Occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports science, speech therapy are all slightly harder to get into, probably will require physics but not at such a high level as medicine. Medicine, radiography and dentistry you really need a good physics mark for.

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  77. siya M
    siya M says:

    I got code 6 in all my subjects , is it possible for me to get admitted in institutions that provide medicine , life science 6 maths 6 physics 6 cat 6

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Siya, You certainly would have a chance for 2017. Just remember that applications close earlier for medicine than other faculties.

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  78. Tumi
    Tumi says:

    Hi Kath, i matriculated in 2012 and haven’t been to any university, infact i hav been volunteering to help high school learners with maths and science in an NGO around my area. I got 65% for Maths, 77% for Physical sciences, 71% for Life sciences, 74% for English, and 68% for Afrikaans.. and my average is exactly 70%. … iwould love to study medicine at Stellenbosch university, so I’m not sure i could get in. I also heard that they offer an extended degree programme for medicine at Stellenbosch which takes 7 years to complete. Are there any chances for me to get into medicine at SStellenbosch, either the extended or normal degree for 2017?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Tumi, Stellenbosch award entry points for volunteering and leadership activities so you might have a chance with the work you’ve been doing. You do meet all the minimum entry requirements for 2017, although your maths under 70% is a bit worrying. You will need to apply by May this year and write the NBTs by June this year. You will really need to work hard on your maths revision as you haven’t been in school for a couple of years and the NBT is based on Gr 11& 12 maths content. I can’t find anything about an extended degree programme for medicine. The open day for Stellenbosch is coming up next Saturday. It would be a good idea to go along and ask your questions there.

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  79. Tshepo T
    Tshepo T says:

    Do I qualify for Medicine if my results for Grade 11’s final-year report are as follows:
    Sesotho HL – 6 – (75%)
    English FAL – 6 – (74%)
    Life Orientation – 5 – (62%)
    Mathematics – 5 – (62%)
    Geography – 4 – (57%)
    Life Sciences – 6 – (71%)
    Physical Sciences – 5 – (65%)

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It might depend where you are applying but I would think… probably not. I suggest you look at some of the other options on this page. If you really have your heart set on being a doctor, you can still apply for that but make sure you have a realistic second choice.

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  80. nozipho
    nozipho says:

    Hi im a grade 11 pupil an i would like to become a doctor but in my subjects i dont have biology i have pure maths, physics and life science.please help me with information is it possible for to be taken for the course.

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  81. Spheh Mhlongo
    Spheh Mhlongo says:

    Hi, I finished matric in 2015 and my marks are as follows:
    ZULHL- 85%
    ENGFAL- 70%
    MATH- 75%
    LIFE- 82%
    BSTD- 83%
    LFSC- 84%
    PHSC- 81%
    My question is that ,Do I stand a chance of being accepted at UCT and WITS ? ,as only those two are my favorites.
    Are my marks good enough?
    Thank you in advance.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi I would say that you do stand a chance. You will need to write the National Bench Mark tests though in English and Maths and that is where you might struggle to reach the standards. I would suggest that you do look elsewhere. There are other universities offering and your marks are good

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  82. Sheriff
    Sheriff says:

    Hi kath;I matriculated last year and decided to upgrade my mathematics coz I got code 4;I wanna knw how do I apply if I’m doing an upgrade;will I need a Letter from where I’m upgranding to attach it on de application forms or what?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You will be issued a certificate with your new mark. You can then go to the department of education and request a letter stating all your marks. They will eventually issue you a new certificate with all your best marks but that takes a long time .

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  83. Alexandria
    Alexandria says:

    Hey I am a grade 12 learner and I am so interested in medicine but I received 70% for maths and 71% for physical science but now I don’t think that am going to get accepted considering the fact that I need an average of 80%
    please give me some advice on what I could do.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Alexandria, Acceptance into medicine is usually based on more than just your school marks. Depending on where you apply – at UCT the NBTs are also counted, at Stellenbosch your volunteering, extra-mural and leadership is also counted. Never give up on your first choice but do make sure that you also have a realistic second choice that you know you can get into with the marks you have – like physiotherapy, human physiology, emergency medical care etc.

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  84. Reneilwe
    Reneilwe says:

    hi I’m Modibedi Reneilwe and I would like to khow if i will be accepted at UCT even though I did not pass grade11 well

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you are applying for medicine then your end of Gr 11 report is very important, along with your national benchmark tests. However final offers are made based on your matric results. It is always a good idea to apply to the institute and course you really want and ALSO an institute and course you can be sure to get into with the marks you have.

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  85. lisa
    lisa says:

    Getting acceptance for Dentistry is much harder and works on a point system.
    You need 40 points to put in an application. However, that normally is not going to get you accepted.
    On average you will need about 52 points to be accepted. 52 points is about an 82% average (code 7)

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Thanks for the update on the “real offer” for dentistry at UWC. The reality is that minimum offer is rarely all you need for any course.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Where do you want to apply to? If you do pharmacy at UWC, you don’t need your NBTs. You do need NBTs for medicine at any university. Applications usually open in March or April and close in June or July. Check with the institutes you are applying to.

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  86. Anele
    Anele says:

    Hi i’m Anele i want to become a Veterinarian or a Dermatologist last i was doing gr 11 n i got 55% in Life Sciences 68% in Physics n less than 40% in Maths,,are there any chances of me become a doctor or i must go for Agriculture as i’m gud at it i got 87%,,NB:i like to be a doctor n i’m willing to repeat grade 11 n 12 if i’m not accepted in UKZN

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Your marks are not strong enough for vet science or for medicine. Looking at agriculture is a good idea as it is your strength and also it is easier to get into. Google UKZN prospectus, open the link, and then you can see what they offer.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’ve never heard of an Animal n Skin doctor. You can find out what is available at UKZN by downloading their prospectus. Google UKZN prospectus. If you are interested in vet science, the only place to study it is UP. If you are interested in dermatology (skin doctor) you need to study medicine first. Dermatology is a medicine specialty.

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  87. Zizipho
    Zizipho says:

    Hi my name is zizipho, my average this term was 88% but I got 69% for physics and 79% for Xhosa and for the others I got 90% and above. I’m a stressed out I don’t know if that will have a negative effect on getting me accepted for medicine. Last year I got 6 code 7s and 1 code 6 for Xhosa. Please help..

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Your end of Gr 11 report is the most important when you apply for medicine and also your NBT scores. Don’t give up yet! 🙂

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  88. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    Hey Kath! I really really really need your help! I have read through almost all of the above posts and have gotten a little more helpful.
    Okay so my situation is that I did not take physical science as a subject and am in grade currently. I did take maths core and am doing absolutely fantastically in all my subjects including life sciences etc. ‘
    If I go into a Bsc in Human Life Sciences for example, is it at all possible to transfer into a degree of medicine (MB,ChB). Like if I did outstandingly well at the end of the first year would they consider me if I applied?
    Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,
    Tracey

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Tracey, as far as I am aware you can’t transfer from the end of first year science to med. You can transfer at UCT if you complete your science degree and have covered key subjects and are willing to do a bridging course, they will transfer you to second year med. You should also check what WITS offers as I’ve heard they also have a transfer pathway but I’m not sure how it works.

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      • Bihlale
        Bihlale says:

        i am currently in grade 12 and i want to study at UCT next year but my grade 11 final results do not meet the admission requirements will i still have a chance of being accepted if my grade 12 results meet those requirements?

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, Yes you still have a chance if your Gr 12 results meet the minimum standards and also your National Benchmark Test meets the minimum standards. UCT also weight your marks according to disadvantage you may have experienced in your schooling, parent income levels and/or historical disadvantage. You should go along to the open day on SATURDAY and find out more!

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  89. Sisipho
    Sisipho says:

    Hi, I’m a current gr12 pupil. Want to also study medicine. My gr11 marks are discouraging L4 for maths and physics L5 for life sc and English. Have registered for NBT test. But having read the previous posts i believe my chances are slim. Im taking extra classes this year aiming to get good marks. Is it advisable to take a gap year next year and maybe apply with gr12 results?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sisipho, You should still apply to medicine this year and also a second choice that you can realistically get into. If you are not accepted into medicine right away but your matric marks are fantastic, you will still have a chance at a place. To be honest though, most people don’t manage to shift their marks very much between Gr 11 & Gr 12, even when they are working as hard as they can. There are lots of other great options in the medical field that don’t require such a high academic standard.

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  90. Akshay
    Akshay says:

    Good day
    I really would like to study medicine but my school does not offer physics or bio, What can do, i am willing to study something after Matric. Please Help

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  91. Samantha Shaba
    Samantha Shaba says:

    Hi Kathy I am a young lady of about 14 years of age , i am currently expriencing poor financial status . i am currently doing grade 8 and the fees of the school am attending are expensive and i am interested in becoming one of the professional General Practitioner (Medical Doctor) but , i am wishing if you could assist me if there’s any compnay or financial scheme which can assist as am currently at high school.

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  92. Bob
    Bob says:

    Hi
    I currently have an honours degree and I want to register for Pharmacy next year. I just want to find out if its neccessary for me to write the NBT if I already possess my qualifications

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It depends on where you are applying to. If it is UCT, my guess would be yes, but you can go along to the open day on SATURDAY and find out for yourself. Most other tertiary institutes do not count your NBTs as part of the entrance score and would likely take your current degree as evidence of your ability to study at tertiary level. Depending on your first degree, you may also be able to apply for credits to some of your courses. You should phone the university applications line and ask them to advise you.

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  93. Lesego
    Lesego says:

    hey. I am currently studying Bsc in Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria. This is my final year and I would like to apply for medicine at UCT or Stellenbotsch. I want to get idea of what are my chances, approximately what average do they from a bsc degree?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Lesego, Best way to find out is to contact their admin departments and ask. I do know that UCT now have a fast track system for people with a science degree to go straight into second year med after a short bridging course. It would be worth finding out about that. Phone admissions. They are very friendly and helpful.

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  94. Zama
    Zama says:

    Hi there
    is a matter of must to get 80% and above inorder to become a doctor like i mean in all subjects

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Zama, Institutes have minimum marks that you must reach to be considered and then they have “real offers”. A real offer is the marks really needed at last year’s intake to be offered a place. At some institutes the real offer might be under 80% average. I know someone who was accepted at Stellenbosch with a 72% average. However Stellenbosch also award points for leadership, community service and extra mural activities. Don’t forget to write your NBTs if you want to apply for medicine and remember that medicine closes earlier than all other courses.

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  95. Zweli
    Zweli says:

    Hi guys

    Is it possible for me to apply at UCT to study medicine whilst my ENG is level 4,Maths level 6,Life Science level 7 & Physical Science level 6 ??????

    I need help.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      The minimum code for English is code 5 (60%). However acceptance at UCT is based on your MATRIC results plus National Bench Mark Test results. You can still apply. You’ll need to work really hard on that English because there is nothing you can study at UCT with English under 60%. Suggest you also look at med field courses at other institutes eg: CPUT Emergency Medical Care

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  96. Bongani
    Bongani says:

    hello i need help, i am a student at CPUT doing first year Math Technology which i don’t really like. so i was asking is it possible to get into Medicine since i got bad Physical Sciences result in my Grade 12 and my mathematics result is 50%.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Bongani, You can include your results from this year in your application for medicine and these results should be considered. However, it doesn’t sound like you are doing physics this year so they will still need to look at your school results. Also med applications are about to close for 2017 AND you will need NBT results as part of your application as well as a volunteer service record. I would rather suggest that you consider Emergency Medical Care at CPUT OR that you at least go and speak to a careers advisor at your campus.

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      • Dhludhlu gugu
        Dhludhlu gugu says:

        Hey,i am in grade 9 and have to choose subjects for grade 10 as you know. After matric i want to do bachelor of science in nursing,my question is wat subjects can i take next year and whether i should take pure maths or maths lith. Maths has been such a struggle for me,i try by all means to practise it but it just doesnt want to get in. Will nursing require maths lith or pure maths? Please help,im confused

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  97. Ahmed
    Ahmed says:

    I am a ukzn student ..I did bcom accounting but I knew it’s not what I wanted to do so I stopped attending and did not attend finals
    I was told that this would now prevent me from getting into a health science course but I don’t see why
    I did really well in matric 2015. ..81% aggregate
    and I left bcom because I knew I wasn’t interested in continuing
    I did write all class tests but decided to drop out and not write finals
    and now this will affect my academic record and prevent me from getting in to health science
    but I don’t see why it was just a misunderstanding.why should a small misinformed mistake made by me affect my career
    in only chose bcom because I didn’t think I should take a gap year

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Ahmed, I don’t know all the academic rules that apply to you however I suspect that somewhere there is an appeals process. I suggest you find out how to appeal, explain that you didn’t know that just dropping out would affect your chance to re-apply, apologize that you didn’t withdraw correctly. Also, check that your fees are paid up to date, you need to pay write up until the time that you formally withdrew from the course. If you have outstanding fees this will impact your application.

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  98. Lee
    Lee says:

    Hi, I just wanted to know my chances of being accepted into a Bsc in Physics at UCT. Last year i was in grade 11 and i flopped in my maths and achieved 57% and my Science marks was 76% but this year so far my maths mark has improved dramatically to a 95% and 90% for Science and my Mid- Year exams average for grade 12 is 79% overall. I just wanted know if i can still be accepted even with my poor Grade 11 results.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Even though you apply with your end of Gr 11 report, you can also include any more recent reports. You are not accepted on these reports however. You are accepted based on your NBT results and your matric final results. For the last few years the real offer for science at UCT has been a matric average of 77% or higher. So if you marks continue as they are, I would think you have a good chance of being accepted.

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  99. Imms
    Imms says:

    Hi ,I’m a grade 11 learner in Namibia and I would like to study medicine in South Africa at University of Capetown .I would like to know if a first language is necessary to have in order to study at University of Capetown .

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You must submit evidence of proficiency in English as part of your application to study at UCT. These include any of the following:

      For South African applicants, either:
      *a pass in English Home Language or First Additional Language if you hold the NSC, or
      *40% In English on the Higher Grade (first or second language) if you hold the Senior Certificate

      A recent TOEFL score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission) of at least
      *570 for the paper-based test or
      *230 for the computer-based test or
      *88 for the Internet-based test

      A recent overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0

      A score of 65% or more for the Academic Literacy component of the NBT.

      http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/criteria/language/

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  100. ceeyazee
    ceeyazee says:

    Hi, I’m a grade12 student doing technical subjects at school, but my dream is to become a doctor one day. I’m not doing life sciences but I do have math and physics, unfortunately my grade11 results in math and physics are so poor, so I’m asking if I still do have a chance of studying medicine at any university?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Life Sciences is recommended but not compulsory. Good marks for Maths and Physics are compulsory though. Whilst you do use your Gr 11 marks to apply, most (but not all) universities will wait for your matric final before making you an offer. You should check the admissions process at the university you are applying to. Honestly, it is unlikely that poor gr 11 marks will become excellent Gr 12 marks. I suggest you look at other options.

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  101. SamK
    SamK says:

    I’m sorry to trouble. I am due to finish my matric in 2018 and would like to apply for a course in cardiac or neuro surgery. I would like to know the average marks I should try obtain for end of year grade 11 and usual NBT states and locations also average marks for matric. Thank you.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, To specialize in cardio or neuro surgery, you first qualify as a doctor so the marks listed on this page are relevant to you. Most tertiary institutions consider your end Gr 11 results, your final matric results, your National Bench Mark Tests and your personal motivation. Maths and Physics are the most important subjects and you need an average of at least 70%. The lowest matric average mark I ever saw anyone accepted into medicine with was 71%. In reality, most people have averages over 80% as well as excellent NBT results. You book your NBTs through their website. Dates and locations are there. If you need to have your NBT results before your application deadline, make sure you book early enough. http://www.nbt.ac.za/

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  102. Xoliswa matabane
    Xoliswa matabane says:

    Hello guys my Mathematics marks are always good and higher than that of physical science and I want to be a doctor even my life sciences marks I always get 80% and above .I really want to be a doctor and I love it not because it pays alot but because I am born to be a doctor

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      All the best with your plan Xoliswa. Remember you also need excellent English to be a doctor and you will need to write your National Benchmark Tests in English and Maths.

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  103. Mava
    Mava says:

    Hi I am currently doing nursing at UWC …am only doing it just because my matric results were not good enough for medicine..my question now is if I apply for Medicine can I use my first year results of nursing or matric?…but am also thinking of rewriting maths and physics

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The best thing to do will be to inquire at admissions at UCT and Stellenbosch and ask them (although Stellenbosch is closed now). UCT has a path from Science to Medicine but as far as I’m aware, it is only within UCT (not transferring from other universities).

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  104. Alexandria
    Alexandria says:

    Hey, I would like to know the ideal percentage that I need to obtain for the NBT to be considered for medicine

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  105. juliet
    juliet says:

    i studied BSc IN COMPUTER SCIENCE and would like to register medice part time. what are the requirements?
    please help,mbchb had always been my dream

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can’t study medicine part time. It is is a full time, fully committed, full of hard work 7 year course.

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  106. Leroy
    Leroy says:

    Hi , I would just like to ask what mark guarantees acceptance for Dentistry or Medicine? I’m currently averaging 74% and I would like to know if I would stand a chance at either UCT,UWC(dentistry) WITS and UP?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Leroy, I would say you stand a chance but that you are not guaranteed a place. Medicine applications consider your end of Gr 11 marks, you National Benchmark Test results as well as your personal profile – volunteering, leadership, extra mural participation. For both Medicine and Dentistry you need strong maths and physics marks. Some universities will take into consideration if you are from a disadvantaged background. Sometimes this is simply that you are not white so it is a bit easier for you to get in. At UCT it includes the school you attend, the money your parents earn and your parent’s level of education – all these measures of disadvantage add weight to your application. If you really want to get in for medicine I suggest you apply to Freestate as it is probably a little easier to get into than the institutes you are listing.

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  107. Ziyanda
    Ziyanda says:

    Hi , I would just like to ask what mark guarantees acceptance for Dentistry or Medicine? I’m currently averaging 75% and I would like to know if I would stand a chance in either of those fields ?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Ziyanda, I would say you stand a chance but that you are not guaranteed a place. Medicine applications consider your end of Gr 11 marks, you National Benchmark Test results as well as your personal profile – volunteering, leadership, extra mural participation. For both Medicine and Dentistry you need strong maths and physics marks. Some universities will take into consideration if you are from a disadvantaged background. Sometimes this is simply that you are not white so it is a bit easier for you to get in. At UCT it includes the school you attend, the money your parents earn and your parent’s level of education – all these measures of disadvantage add weight to your application.

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  108. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    Hey Kath!

    Is there any way I can contact you other than on this site? Possibly email?

    Kind Regards,
    Tracey Powell

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  109. Alice
    Alice says:

    hey Im a black female with a biochemistry degree 65 average and nbt test 58 average what are my chances of getting in uct or Stellenbosch for medicine

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, SU documents say that average performance in maths is acceptable on the NBTs. If you have your first degree at SU it will be an easier admissions pathway for medicine there. The UCT documentation says intermediate performance is acceptable on the NBTs. As you probably know it is a combination of your NBTs, your matric results and your personal motivation – volunteering, leadership, extra murals. You should be able to get them to consider your current degree as a higher qualification than your matric but this will require effort on your part as the system is set up to review matric applications not graduates. Start by contacting the admissions centres of each University and talk to them about how to put your application together so that your graduate qualification is not overlooked. Then track with your applications (phone up/ drop in) and check that as they process it they are noticing that you are a graduate.

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  110. Sthembiso
    Sthembiso says:

    Hi Kath .
    I would like to ask if a 78% average guarantees acceptance into densitry at UWC , Wits and UP? I’ve got 3 A’s.for Maths , physics and history . I’m currently in grade 11 and I’m looking to apply for dentistry school.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sthembiso, None of these universities offer “guaranteed” entrance however you do meet minimum requirements. If you keep focused on your school work you can expect your marks to improve a little between now and the end of the year and a little more again by the time you write matric. I’d say you have a good chance but as you know, places for dentistry are competitive so it depends on who else applies along with you. All the best!

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  111. George
    George says:

    Hi Kath. I would like to know if admission to BChD (UWC) is possible with an average between 65% – 70% together with Physics at level 6 with Maths a level 5

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I would think that it is possible although not guaranteed. You do meet the minimum requirements in terms of subjects and marks. It is a very competitive course to get entry to. You need at least 40UWC points also – at a guess you have 41? It will depend on who else applies but I have heard that the standards are very high.

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  112. mike
    mike says:

    hi I want to study medicine later but I don’t do physics is it possible for me to study medicine in university by taking a bridging coarse

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Unfortunately not. You need physics at high school level to gain entry to medicine. You can study other things in health though – Emergency Medical Care, Nursing and Speech Therapy.

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  113. peter
    peter says:

    hi everyone.. id like to share my story: 2006 i matriculated averaging 50% i then did nursing 2014 i decided to upgrade my matric cause i couldnt upgrade maths and phys only as u cannot once u obtain exemption.. ull need to upgrade the WHOLE matric as in re do it all… i did and i got distinctions..i was working full time by da way at age of 27.. those with low marks.. Go upgrade it ws easier for me to study at this age than before… by the way im nw doing my first year at Medunsa mbchb… Good luck

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Great story – thanks for sharing it. BTW, you can just rewrite particular subjects through some matric rewrite programs. For example, in Cape Town, LEAP offers Maths and Science rewrites only. Tell us where you went to do your upgrade and how much it cost?

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  114. Mahomed
    Mahomed says:

    Hi
    i would like to know if i have a good chance of being accepted for medicine. i received an 87 percent aggregate in grade 11. with 93 in Maths 93 in Acc 90 in life science 85 in physics 85 in english and 78 in Afrikaans. my NBTs were 244.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As you know being accepted for medicine is not just about your marks. However, your marks are good. If you have met the other requirements then I would say you have a good chance.

      Reply
  115. peter
    peter says:

    Kath Morse i did it in one of the ABET centres in Pretoria as m working in Gauteng.. it cost mr R500 as its a government funded initiative… the reason i upgraded all is the dept of basic education said they cannot combine ma previous matric cert cause i had passed wit bachelors degree and i cannot obtain any higher endorsement… shud i upgrade only maths n science sum universities dnt like to have 2 separate certificates..thy prefer 2 hv 1….

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  116. Merisha
    Merisha says:

    I will like to study medicine, I got accepted for pharmacy so it it possible for me, after doing 1 year of pharmacy, to change to medicine? And if so, do I need to do medicine from first year, because I believe medicine and pharmacy are similar in the first year?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Merisha, You can apply for medicine during your first year however they will use your matric exam results and NBTs to determine entry. If accepted, you can apply for credit for your first year course in Pharmacy. If you are at the same institute you may get some credit. If you are at a different institute, you may not be successful. You certainly won’t be exempt from completing first year medicine. UCT offer a quick course change from Science to Medicine which includes a summer holidays bridging course and then entry into second year med. As far as I’m aware, this option does not exist at any other university.

      Reply
  117. Calvine
    Calvine says:

    Good afternoon Mr Kath Morse. I wanted to just ask if you have any information about the following, i completed my matric in 2010, with an aggregate of 85%,(excluding Life orientation),my highest is both Math and Physical sceinces (above 95% for both). I then pursued a BEng, degree in Engineering at the University of Pretoria, i have just concluded my studies and decided to pursue medicine at the University of Cape Town if i do make it. I submitted my matric certificate and i would like to ask what are the odds of one to make it to medicine in my case since i’m not fresh from high school and would my academic record play a major role in my admission for the MBchB degree? Kind regards

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As long as you also submitted your engineering qualification it should be taken into consideration. If you didn’t submit it you can still add it to your application now. You can also use the personal motivation section of the application to explain why you feel that this career change is right for you and to remind them that you are a mature student with one successfully completed degree. They will only consider your personal motivation if your marks are not quite strong enough to recommend you – and your marks are good, so I don’t think this will be the case. I trust you also wrote your NBTs and met the requirements for course entry?

      Reply
      • Calvine
        Calvine says:

        Thank you for your response Kath, i have just booked the NBT’s because i had just learnt on the day of the application that its actually a requirement, and i’m writing it before the last recommended date which is the 15th of October, my date is on the 8th of October. Because i also aim at starting the degree from scratch i.e. Full first year, i do not aim/desire to obtain credits for some courses life chemistry, physics etc, but i want to redo them, i have filled in the so called “CV and a compulsory report form”, i thought my academic record may disadvantage me if its not strong enough as my case is, its almost 60% aggregate but not there yet, since i have already tried a certain degree, i also thought regardless of my matric marks, they’d still want to use my university academic record as well, to see if i’m worth the opportunity..For a long time ive been under the impression that it was easier to get into medicine…wooow ..i had no idea..its like 5 times more difficult than getting into Engineering…

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  118. Salus
    Salus says:

    Hallo. I am studying Bsc Medical Science in the university of Limpopo. I am in 3rd year and it is a 4 year degree. I will like to do masters in pharmacology but not sure if it is equals to someone who did pharmacy. Can u please explain to me if pharmacology is different from pharmacy and will it be possible for me to do that Masters degree? Thanks

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  119. John
    John says:

    Hi Kath , I hope you’re well. I would just like to ask about my chances at obtaining a dentistry degree at UWC. My score for UWC is 51. I’ve got A’s in Maths,Physics , Biology and History. I’ve completed 160 hours of community service and hold a leadership role at my school – I’m black and Im currently at a private school.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I should think you stand a very good chance 🙂 It’s always a good idea to have a back-up plan though, just in case.

      Reply
  120. siphelo mako
    siphelo mako says:

    Hi i need help am in grade 11 am doing pure maths, life sciences and geography but i don’t know which career to follow plz i neeed help any one

    Reply
  121. Saien
    Saien says:

    Good day ,

    i am currently doing Bsc Biomedicine , at MGI i would like to find out if i can apply to medicine after my first year ? or can i apply after the 3rd year ?

    many thanks

    Saien Naidoo

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply (or reapply) to medicine whenever you choose to using your matric certificate, most recent degree results and your NBTs. Your degree achievements should be considered as part of the application process but it is worth following up your application to make sure that this is happening.

      Reply
  122. Goal driven
    Goal driven says:

    Hi
    I have a Bachelor of science degree and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, applied to study medicine but no luck into gaining entry and not given a reason why I’m not accepted hence I do not know what area to improve.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      She only needs to take pure maths and she needs to do very well at it. If she isn’t really sure of being able to get over 80% for maths then she should also take accounting as you can do a National Diploma at a University of technology if you have accounting.

      Reply
  123. Jen
    Jen says:

    Hi
    I am currently studying Cambridge AS level and writing my exams this Oct\Nov. Am I able to apply to UCT for January 2017 if I write my AS Cmbridge examinations in Oct/Nov 2016 and get a place?

    Reply
    • Jen
      Jen says:

      I am studying 4 Cambridge AS level subjects. Will I be able to acquire a place at UCT this coming 2017 January if I meet the requirements? Your response will be highly appreciated.

      Reply
      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, Cambridge level subjects are recognized at UCT. It is fine that you are writing in Oct/Nov. Remember you also need to write the NBTs and meet minimum requirements for those. UCT admissions have a student centre that you can visit and talk through your application plans. I highly recommend that if you are in the area.

        Reply
  124. babalwa
    babalwa says:

    i have passed matric in 2001,and i studied enrolled nursing assistant and i qualified ,i have never done mathematics and science after grade 10,and i had an interest in becoming a medical doctor,what do you suggest i do ,or what other fields do you suggest i look at.i love working with people ,thats my first area of interest to start with …thank u

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As you are a mature age student you won’t need your matric to apply however you will need to show that you are competent to meet academic requirements for your course. For all medicine courses in South Africa, you need to write the National Benchmark Test. It would be worth you doing this now so that you can see what standard you are able to achieve. This will help you decide if medicine is going to be accessible for you or not. http://www.nbt.ac.za If you don’t do well on this test then you can look at other options in the health sector at a university of technology. You could also look at upgrading your nursing qualification.

      Reply
  125. Yolandie
    Yolandie says:

    hey I am situated in the Free State and I just wanted to know if UOFS also gives physiotherapy, dentistry and even occupational health?

    Reply
  126. katlego
    katlego says:

    I am doing life sciences,geography,business studies but I am very low on mathematics but I want to study actuarial science at uct but I considering of taking accounting and physical sciences in grade eleven and I am very worried about this problem please help

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m guessing you are now in Grade 10? I don’t recommend changing to accounting and physics if you have missed a year of them. It is too much to catch up. You would be better to re-do Grade 10 if you want to change to these subjects. This would also give you a chance to improve your maths. Actuarial Science requires maths in the 90s. Otherwise you might need to rethink your career choice? There is a nice online questionnaire that can help with this. https://www.gostudy.net/questionnaire

      Reply
  127. katlego
    katlego says:

    I’m thando I’m doing physics,life sciences, geography & mathematics I love working outdoors and I don’t know which career to choose can you help me?

    Reply
  128. Charles ngwenya
    Charles ngwenya says:

    hey!
    my name is charles ngwenya iam a grade 11 student who want to be a doctor in Neurosurgeon,so aim not really quit sure about the matric result requirement for that couse doing physical science,life sciences and mathematics

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You have the right subjects. Entry requirements are different at the different institutes. You will need an average of at least 70% but probably at least 80%. You also need to write the NBTs and your results contribute to your marks. At some institutes you also get marks for extra mural, community service and leadership.

      Reply
  129. katlego
    katlego says:

    it me again is it possible to get into law in uct if I am doing life sciences, geography,English isizulu, business studies life orientation,mathematics and plz what are the entry requirements of law in uct

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  130. Mikhaile
    Mikhaile says:

    I don’t have Mathematics and Physical Sciences. I do have mathematical literacy. Is there any courses i can do to make up for that and go to medical school?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You will have to pass Gr 12 maths to be able to apply for medicine. If you google for “get my matric online”, you will see that there online courses available. Otherwise there are options in the health field that don’t require maths.

      Reply
  131. Koketjo Mokgalaka
    Koketjo Mokgalaka says:

    Hi, I’m a grade 11 learner and I’ve always wanted to study in UCT. My subjects are Physical Sciences, Mathematis, Life sciences and Agricultural sciences, and I would like to do Acturial science. I’m good in maths and physics. How can I be one of UCT students?? Please help me

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You have the right subjects for actuarial science. You will need at least 80% for maths to be accepted and it is recommended that you have 90%. You really must love maths and problem solving. You should go to the open day in March/April next year and speak to some of the actuarial science students and make sure this is really for you. You will be able to get application information at the open day or you can apply online. You will also need to write your National Benchmark Tests. You can register for them online next year.

      Reply
  132. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    Hi there

    Just need a word of advise anybody who knows whether people have really got good marks through brainline.My son is disciplined and can do well with self study and is considering this option Im concerned

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t think you’ll find an answer for that here. I also looked at Brainline for my daughter and I asked to see their results. I wasn’t impressed however they fairly stated that many kids who use their program have failed school already or can’t fit in at school for various reasons so may be it is unfair to compare their results to a good main stream high school.

      Reply
  133. sithembiso twala
    sithembiso twala says:

    Hello there
    I am currently doing my first year in analytical chemistry but want to change to medicine my problem is i dont meet the requirements for it so i want to know if its possible that I get admitted to do it or I’ll have to do other alternate subjects first to be admitted

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It depends on where you are studying. Some institutes have transition pathways from science to medicine as long as you take the correct subjects. You should ask at your institute.

      Reply
  134. snethemba
    snethemba says:

    hey everyone I am snethemba ,and I am doing grade 9 and I have a dream of becoming a doctor, but my problem is that my maths is poor and all I need is someone to insist me on my maths please guys I am really looking forward on being doctor, and what’s hurt me the most is that my parents don’t take my studies seriously please good people help me. Thank you. feel free to reply on Snethembahappiness38@gmail

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  135. Jess
    Jess says:

    Hi Kath. I would like to know if you know of any options for me to study medicine. I have got my matric, however I did not do physics. I then went on to complete a Bsc in Human Kinetics and ergonomics. Are there bridging courses where I can complete a physics course? Do you think my degree would, in any way, help? Thanks so much

    Reply
  136. Aaliyah
    Aaliyah says:

    The article is really helpful. I wanted to know if the UWC score point says 40 if I have a point score of 37 and meet all the requirements for the subjects will I get in. And do they offer BSC like Up and Wits so you can swop from Bsc to Bds

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can’t get in if you don’t have the minimum entrance points even if you have the right subjects and the right marks for those. I’m not sure what Bds is?

      Reply
  137. Sisipho
    Sisipho says:

    Hi Kath, I just matriculated and was not accepted into medicine because i passed with level 5’s and 6’s. I will be upgrading this year. But I want to know when i apply again this year won’t they evaluate me on my matric results? Since the upgraded mark will be available only early next year. Or do i have other options? Please advise me on how to handle the situation.

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  138. Siphosabo Siphetho Gumede
    Siphosabo Siphetho Gumede says:

    Hi
    I want to do Medicine but I achieved Diploma pass in my NSC, Maths level 4 , Isizulu 6, English 3, Life sciences 3, physics 2, LO 6, Agriculture 4,
    How can I do to reach this dream please help

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I suggest you do a matric rewrite program. Tell me where you live so I can direct you to the right people. Also tell me if you can pay or if you need a free course.

      Reply
  139. Nomthandazo Shezi
    Nomthandazo Shezi says:

    Hy, i have completed grade 12 and my marks are :
    Math – 75%
    Life sci-77%
    Phys- 63%
    Elect tech-69%
    Engli-75%
    ZulHL-83%
    Lo-58%
    Do i qualify for medicine?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Nomthandazo, I think it might be possible. Most institutes take into account more than just your marks. They also look at your NBT scores and your extra-mural activities (sport, leadership, music, volunteering etc). Obviously you haven’t applied yet though and it will be too late for this year. You need to apply by May of this year for possible acceptance in 2018. You might also want to look at some other options in the medical field in case you don’t get in (like emergency medical care or physiotherapy).

      Reply
  140. Daniso Sipho
    Daniso Sipho says:

    Your Excellence Mr Kath Morse. I’d Like To Stand Out Clear n Say i appreciate The Attention You Give Us…. My Matric AC Is As Follows: Hv 6’s in Biology, Agric Sc, XhosaHl And 5’s in Physics, Maths, EnglishFAL(Which Sum Up To 80+ Averall). I Am Currently Persuing My Last ND in Biomedical Technology In MUT(Final Year), I Am Planning To Apply For MBChB This Year Once Again But this time at UCT. Now Here Is The Question That Requires A Very Broad Response: Will I Definately Be Accepted And Credited As Well As Be Granted A Sponsorship Since I Am Financially In Need, Provided I attach My Final Academic Record (S5&LP3)??

    In Advance I Thank You

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      No, you will not definitely be accepted. You can have your current diploma and grades considered and will also need to write the NBTs and provide a motivational statement as to why you should be accepted. Volunteering, leadership and participation in non-academic activities is also considered.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      No you will not definitely be accepted. You can apply with your diploma and it will be considered along with your NBT results and your personal motivation statement.

      Reply
  141. Tshepo
    Tshepo says:

    Hi i matriculated in 2016 n i got 82% in ls,74% in phsc,70% in eng,79% in setswanaHL,72% in eng but de problem with it is dat i got 56% in maths which make a big differnce.am enthusiastic n passionate abt medicine,my parentse convince me study engineering course bt i am nt interested at all.i always lved medicine.i want to upgrade my maths. I am in northern cape,kuruman. Bt i dnt really knw wher to start bt i am willing 2 do it.plz…help me.

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  142. Naz
    Naz says:

    Hi Kath. .My grade 11 marks are:
    English -79%
    IsiZulu- 90%
    Maths-75%
    Life Orientation-90%
    Physical Science-61%
    Life Science-72%
    Geography-87%
    History-86
    and my aggregate is exactly 80%. .
    Do I have a chance to study medicine in any University Institution preferably in Western Cape or Gauteng?
    (I’m a female black student)
    *Worried*

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes I would think you have a chance, particularly if you work hard and improve your grades this year. Remember that your community service, leadership and extra-mural activities also count when you apply for medicine. Write your NBTs and make sure you apply on time. UCT and Stellenbosch are the two institutes in the Western Cape that offer medicine.

      Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, UCT does have a pathway from science to medicine but you need to check with the medicine faculty and make sure that you have taken the correct subjects in science so that you can bridge accross.

      Reply
  143. Zoe
    Zoe says:

    Hi.i want to study medicine but i obtained level 4s in math,physical science and life science and i wrote nbt test but wits university said that i didn’t met the minimum requirements, do i have to write nbt test to be accepted and do i qualify with my nsc result?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Your grades are not strong enough to get into medicine. You can either do a matric rewrite and try to improve your grades or consider studying something else medical.

      Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      If you have a foreign tertiary qualification, send it to SAQA and get it recognized. Submit your qualification and your SAQA certificate with your application to UCT. You will also need to write the National Bench Mark tests in Maths (MAT) and English (AQL). http://www.nbt.ac.za/content/register-write UCT have a great student centre with course advisors. I recommend going in to speak to someone.

      Reply
  144. nosiphiwo
    nosiphiwo says:

    Hi Kath you are a real great helper to me i go through to all you comment and replys and i go straight and book Myself in to nbt test i passed my matric in 2007 i didnt go to any university now i want to do biomedicine,,, lets hope they will give me positive results i want to study at cape penensula

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t think your NBTs are going to help you at CPUT. They will only be looking at your matric results. You need at least code 4 for English, Maths, Life Science and Physics and a total of at least 36 admission points. You calculate your admission points by adding up all your codes excluding Life Orientation. So that is an average of code 6. If you are slightly under you can be considered for the extended year program. Alternatively you may qualify for the Mature Age Exemption but you will need to contact CPUT admissions and ask them about that.

      Reply
  145. Ane
    Ane says:

    Hello Kath. I am currently in grade 12 and I would really like to study medicine at UCT. My aggregate is a weak 80 so I just want to know if I’d be able to get accepted with this aggregate. And where can I find the information about applying, the requirements and so on. Thank you

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You would have a chance. UCT give extra weight to your marks if you have disadvantage either racially or due to poverty (or both). So your 80 can be worth more. You can also expect your marks to improve over this year by around 4%, that is normal. Your NBTs count for 1/3 of your entry marks. If you don’t do well the first time, make sure you rewrite. UCT entrance information can be found here. https://www.uct.ac.za/apply/student/undergradpros/ It is quite complex. If you live near UCT then the best thing to do is to make an appointment at their Student Centre and speak to someone about how to apply and what the requirements are.

      Reply
  146. Lerato
    Lerato says:

    Hi, I am currently taking a gap year and I will like to study medicine next year 2018 but I am afraid that I wont be accepted because of my matric marks.
    I got 71%- Maths
    69%-Physics
    77%-English First Additional Language
    74%-Life Sciences
    92%-Life Orientation
    63%-Computer Application Technology
    71%-Isizulu Home Language
    Can I still apply for medicine or should I change my choice. Please help

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  147. Khuli
    Khuli says:

    Hi Kathy

    I’m currently a final year BSc Human Genetics student at the University of Pretoria. I plan on applying for postgraduate studies with the Department of Physiology and Genetics, however, I want to go into a patient-based career. I’m considering Nursing as an option, but I’d like your opinion on whether or not it is easier getting into medicine after having completed a relevant BSc degree?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, There are specific requirements of subjects in a BSc that lead to possible entry into medicine with credits. UP does offer this possibility. Go and speak to a curriculum advisor. Alternatively you might consider a masters degree in Genetic Counselling. This would give you patient contact and make maximum use of your current degree. WITS has this course on offer. http://www.gostudy.mobi/careers/view.aspx?oid=784

      Reply
  148. Mokabana Tshegofatso
    Mokabana Tshegofatso says:

    Hi, I’m Tshegofatso and I’m in matric this year but I’ve been progressed to grade 12 and this year I think am going to do well so can I qualify to be a medical doctor?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      1. You need maths and phsyics. 2. You need to meet the minimum entry requirements for the course which is usually at least 60% in Physics and 70% in Maths (but it depends on the institute. 3. You need to write the National Benchmark Test exams and achieve in the proficient range. 4. You need to apply on time with all the required paperwork. Most institutes close for medicine applications in May/June. You will have to send in your end of Grade 11 results. 5. Even if you meet the minimum requirements you have to compete for a place by being one of the best applicants. Medicine is a very popular course. 6. Always have a back up plan, something you can do if your marks do not change from the end of Grade 11.

      Reply
  149. Busisiwe
    Busisiwe says:

    Ms Kath, I’m currently in Grade 12. My Grade 11 were relatively good, I achieved a distinction for maths and English, but only managed to get a b symbol for accounting… am I likely to be accepted, considering the competitiveness

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Busi, It is normal for marks to dip a little in term 1 of Grade 12. Don’t give up. You will send your end of Grade 11 results with your application. Your NBTs will also count towards some of your points and in most institutes you get points for leadership/ community service/ extra-mural activities. I do always advise though, have a second option that you feel more certain of attaining. That way you won’t miss out completely. Some institutes allow you to transfer from Science to Medicine as long as you take the right majors.

      Reply
  150. koena
    koena says:

    Hi, my name is koena and I’m currently doing my first year studying BSc(molecular and life science) at University of the
    North,I wanted to know if there is any chance of me being a pharmacologist if I major in chemistry in my second year.

    Reply
  151. lerato
    lerato says:

    Hi, my name is Lerato and I’m in grade 11.I want to ask if its possible to be a doctor for both animals and humans.I mean can you study for medicine and become a doctor,years later go and study to be a vet.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Yes you can but you need to remember that both courses are very long, hard to get into, a lot of money and work to complete. It would be better if you could decide what you are truly passionate about -helping animals or helping people. The best way to do that is to do a couple of job shadows – one with a doctor and one with a vet.

      Reply
  152. mkhululi
    mkhululi says:

    hello am MKhululi Jali am doing a Bsc degree at Rhodes university first year ..i would like to apply to study Medicine next year , didn’t do physics at school so i started in the Bsc foundation phase(extended studies)..what can i do?
    thank you

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Rhodes doesn’t offer medicine so it depends where you are hoping to study. Contact admissions directly and ask if they will accept a first year physics course instead of matric physics. Otherwise you can finish your science degree then apply for medicine at WITS. They have a graduate entry program that allows you to skip the first two years of med as long as you have the right subjects in your science degree. https://www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp/

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  153. Mahlori
    Mahlori says:

    Hi kath,I’ve always wanted to study medicine.i did matric last year,so I wanna know if there are any chances for me to be provisionally accepted at UCT cuz my physics is 58% and others are above 60%,so am about to apply,will be accepted?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately no, there is no chance you can be accepted. You don’t meet the minimum requirements for physics. Also there is a lot of competition for places in medicine at UCT. They only take 200 students per year and they have to be the best of the best. Most of them have averages over 80%. There are other options in health science though for which you do have the minimum entrance marks per subject. Have a look at physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and audiology. You should also consider applying at another institute to give you the best chance of being accepted. UWC entrance requirements are not as high as UCT and they also offer these other health options. If you are applying to UCT remember to write your NBTs. When you get your results, check you meet minimum requirements for your course. At UCT you must be in the intermediate or proficient bands. If you don’t meet these requirements, you can write again.

      Reply
  154. Sinoyolo
    Sinoyolo says:

    Hi kath , I just would like to thank you on the great information you’ve provided in your article. I would just also like to ask what my chances of getting into Medicine or dentistry are. I average 82% overal with 90% for maths 85 %for physics and 84% for life sciences I’m also part of my schools first aid team and have a lot of services hours . And would universities accept recommendation letters from surgeons who I’ve worked with? Thanks

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I would think you have a good chance of being accepted based on your grades and service hours however your NBTs will also be considered. Some universities allow you to include a motivational letter to which I think you could attach a recommendation. It depends on the institute though. All the best, Kath

      Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Joseph, If you are struggling with English then it is not just your NSC that will be affected. You also need to do well in the NBT, in English. Did you finish matric already or are you still in Grade 12? If you are finished then you really should look at getting some help with English and then rewriting. You will need English to be at least 60%. Alternatively you can try for a degree that bridges into medicine. Options are available through a BSc at UCT, Stellenbosch and WITS. Make sure you take the required science degree subjects. Kath

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    Mike1992 says:

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  156. Nasiphi
    Nasiphi says:

    Hi Kath. .
    I’m currently in grade 12 and I intend on studying medicine, my marks are okay (I think) Everything above 75% 🙁 well besides my physics which is a C…I have already applied to quite alot of institution including UCT, WITS, UKZN and MEDUNSA but my problem is my nbt marks :,( I got AL at proficient (70) ,AQ at intermediate (53) and Math terribly at 32 (basic) so now I’m worried, Do I have any chance of being accepted into medicine, I’m beginning to lose hope.
    *Worried*
    Nasiphi

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi,

      First of all, you can rewrite your maths and you should do this as soon as possible. UCT has clear guidelines on minimum levels of proficiency for NBTs. You must reach intermediate level. UCT will consider your second attempt, if it is better. Also your NBT score contributes to your FPS (Faculty Point Score) and a basic score is not going to help you here.

      From what I can see, UKZN does not consider NBTs.

      WITS does consider NBTs and does not consider second attempts at writing. Whilst they use your NBTs in making a decision about place offers, they do not set a minimum achievement level so I don’t know how your basic maths rating will affect you here.

      MEDUNSA – is that UL? Similarly to WITS, they require that you write but don’t set minimum achievement levels.

      My biggest concern for you will be your ability to complete a medicine degree if your maths really is basic on the NBT. I definitely think you should give the NBT another try. Now you know the type of questions in it you will be better prepared. May be you just had a bad day?

      Also, please make sure you have some second choice options in case of not being accepted to medicine. You have good grades and you going to be able to study at university, you just need to find the right course that fits with your achievement levels.

      Kind regards,
      Kath

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  157. Nasiphi
    Nasiphi says:

    Thank you!

    🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 So even if I do really well on my Finals, I still have very little chance of getting in?

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  158. Chantel Steenkamp
    Chantel Steenkamp says:

    Here goes, I just need some advice?
    4 out of 7 distinctions, almost 5.. The problem is my Maths & Physics which are a 4 symbol & not 5.. It qualifies the bare minimum entry requirements at Stellenbosch & Wits (if I complete the extra subjects which I am already busy with during my degree). My NBT’s were a total failure due to me having had to take a gap year due to financial problems & so a year out of school meant I struggled with the NBT’s maths..

    What are my best options here.. Upgrade my matric maths & physics marks? Re-write the math NBT’s? Also, what kind of community service would one need to get into?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Options are: 1. Apply for Stellies SciMathUs program and upgrade your maths and physics. Google SciMathUs information sheet. Otherwise there are other rewrite programs available but they don’t all get great results. 2. Rewrite your NBTS. Go over your Grade 12 maths work before the exam. 3. If you are eligible for and accepted into a Science degree, Stellenbosch give top performers the possibility of transferring to medicine after your first year. 4. If you finish a Science degree with the right subjects, WITS has a post-graduate medicine program you can transfer into. If you have further questions please email me at kathsaili@gmail.com Kath

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  159. Kamogelo
    Kamogelo says:

    I applied to wits and 3 other universities that offer medicine( UP, UKZN and sefako makgato), I was just recently rejected by wits university after they had a look at my nbt results(not so good), my grade eleven report was not the best either with my maths average of 57 and physics 60. But I just got my prelimn results back and I don’t have a subject below 70, I was shocked myself, maths at 78, physics at 72 and life sciences at 92(always been my strongest subject). I’ve been working really hard and I’m determined to make my dream come true, and with the effort I’m putting in I’m hoping to get A’s in those three subjects. I was wondering since well wits rejected me, is that it for me or will they have a look at my NSC and reconsider admission?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Applications for medicine are considered on the basis of NBT results and also your school results. In addition some institutes look at personal character, leadership, extra mural and volunteering. If your NBTs are not good, you need to rewrite them and improve to stand a chance. It doesn’t matter how good your NSC results are if your NBTs don’t meet the standard. Once you have all results meeting the minimum entrance criteria you can ask them to reconsider your application. At this point though you will only get a place if someone else declines the offer. Fortunately their are other ways to get into medicine. If you take a science degree with the right subjects you can apply for the WITS graduate medical program – https://www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp/

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  160. Makhosezile
    Makhosezile says:

    Hello,
    Kath Morse , Im Makhosezile Robongwana , I finished my grdae 12 last year(2016) , currently Im doing BSc Physiotherapy at UKZN , I was asking if it is possible to change my degree to Medicine at UCT or Stellenbotch ,
    If it is possible , i wanna know how should i do that….Please help thank you!!

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  161. Sisipho
    Sisipho says:

    Hi I’d like to know how hard/easy is it for matric rewrite canditates to be accepted at medschool. Are they considered like other matric students?
    I am doing a maths and physics rewrite and wondering will my previous marks just be ignored and these ones considered

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  162. Anne
    Anne says:

    Hi
    I was not accepted at uwc for dentistry, since there are people with higher grades than me. I have been accepted at another university for bsc and oral hygiene . Which should I do and how can I transfer to dentistry

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t know of any way to transfer to dentistry. However, if you successfully complete a year of your degree you can reapply for dentistry and they will take into account your further studies, not just your matric certificate.

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  163. Aisha
    Aisha says:

    Hi Kath,

    You’ve gotten a lot of replies to this article, even after so many years! It’s pretty amazing that you reply to all of them. I salute you for that 🙂

    I’m a grade 11 learner who joined the IEB system through Brainline this year and it’s actually my first time studying the South African CAPS curriculum as I’ve studied various curricula throughout my schooling years. I’ve only recently thought about pursuing an MBChB degree, and while I know that may seem late compared to others who have had it as a dream since childhood, I’ve really thought it through. I’ve been a bit lost regarding the careers I would like to pursue, so, I’ve managed to rule out some of my career interests by participating in volunteer work (related to my other fields of interest), job shadowing, researching online and speaking to people in the profession concerned. All of my experiences went well, and while I have enjoyed most of them, I didn’t find that “gut-instinct” that those careers would suit me..until my parent enrolled me in a first aid course, much to my reluctance as my interest in the health science field was non-existent at the time. However, when I completed the course, I was shocked at how much I liked it and how much it changed my perspective on everything. I had that “gut-instinct” type of thing happened. After that, I was quite in denial; I didn’t want to give into that “idealistic” feeling and epiphany that many deem senseless. Yet I found myself browsing the web, reading articles written by medical doctors, watching interviews, applying to get clinical exposure. I became absorbed and obsessed.

    In the midyears, my grades were not as I’d hoped for as I joined very late and missed cycle 1. So, my aggregate was around 76% (for cycle 2). I got low in geography with a 60%, which probably dropped my average, and I got low B’s for my Physical and Life Sciences. But now, I think I’ve regained my study skills though I am still working on it. I got a 89% average for cycle 3. My marks improved quite well, I got A’s for all subjects with a 91% in geography (something which I was shocked by). I hope I do well in my finals too.

    I’m just concerned whether the universities (especially Stellenbosch University) will question my grades in cycle 2 (particularly in Geography). Is my chance at getting accepted/considered unlikely? Also, do you think I’m being unrealistic/not completely sincere in my interest towards medicine? What do you suggest I do to find out whether I am actually interested in medicine or this is just some baseless fantasy? It feels unreal, especially since I changed my mind about other career interests I had for years.

    Just need a bit of guidance and advice.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, I know it’s quite long.

    – Aisha

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Aisha, It is really normal to change your mind – kind of like trying on different clothes until you find something that is comfortable and looks good on you. It is also normal to get tired of that after a while and move on to something else. Career development happens over your whole life time. It is a journey, not a destination 🙂 In terms of tertiary application your end of Grade 11 marks do count for medicine applications. I’m not sure what that means in your “cycles” as I’m not familiar with that terminology. Your volunteering and first aid course will help with your medicine application as many universities award points for volunteering, extra mural, leadership etc. You should make sure you keep a signed log of these activities. Finally you should always have a back up plan. If you are interested in medicine then there are lots of other medical careers available. Go to a university open day next year and see what else is on offer in the health care faculty. Also look at Emergency Medical Care through a university of technology. All the best, Kath

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  164. Benny
    Benny says:

    Hi Kath.

    I am a grade 11 student who wants to pursue biological & cognitive psychology . I would like to know about the APS and if I had to convert from a biological & cognitive psychology to neuroscience , will it be possible because I feel like I am not going to be selected in the medical field due to competition ? If it is possible am i wasting my time studying biological & cognitive psychology or there is a better and quicker alternative option(s)?

    Thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The APS depends on where you want to study. Neuroscience is a Masters specialty on a science degree. You would need to take relevant science subjects such as human physiology and biology. You would need to see a curriculum advisor at the institute you plan to study at to ask about how to structure your degree to include psychology, as it is normally offered in the humanities faculty, not science. It is free to get a consultation. Make an appointment. Where are you aiming for in the end? Do you still hope to be a doctor? If so, you should apply at Stellie. They have a transfer option at the end of first year as long as you have taken the right subjects in a science degree and you excel. Kath

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  165. Maria
    Maria says:

    Hi
    I would also like to get some assistance. Looking at all comments I can see that medicine requires a higher percentages. I did my degree in BSc and I’ve been trying to apply for medicine, however my matric results are not above 70% as well as my degree. I have been rejected many times and now I’m thinking of upgrading my matric marks and writing an NBT test, however it seems as though my marks for the degree would still hinder me from getting accepted. What can I do?
    I tried communicating with various advisers in those varsities, all they say is that my application is not successful without giving hints on where am I supposed to upgrade my marks or what modules I can do.
    What other options that are closest to medicine can I do, in or nearest Gauteng? Where can I go for assistance and matric upgrade, I mean where I can really get outstanding marks, I’m situated in Soweto.

    I am trying to make room for other options, Please if anyone could assist and help me through this.

    Thanking you in advance

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Maria,

      I’m not sure what to advise here. Your degree will be considered as well as your matric results. So just upgrading matric is not going to be the answer you need. You need to score over 70% to pass medicine and if you have not managed that with your science degree then it is not a good indicator that you can pass. If you really have your heart set on medicine then my best suggestion would be that you train in another health field – pathology, radiology, physiotherapy, emergency medical care, nursing etc. You can work in that field for a few years and then reapply for medicine. They will then consider your work record and your mature age will be an advantage. You could also apply for a job with your science degree. You can consider laboratory work or pharmaceutical supplies. This will keep you near to the industry that you love.

      All the best,
      Kath

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  166. Osbert
    Osbert says:

    Hi Kath!
    I would like know for someone who has a diploma in Somatology? What are the chances to accepted in a medical school to study medicine? Is there any credit given if I have done a three year diploma?

    Thank you for your response

    Os

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You’d be best off to check with the university you wish to apply to. I would think that they would consider that you have studied further however you would still need to score in the required bands on the NBTs for maths and literacy. If your diploma has no maths or science content relevant to medicine then they may still rely more on your matric results in the selection process. Kath

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  167. bongiwe
    bongiwe says:

    Hello Kath
    Kindly advise me here,I just got my grade 12 results for 2017 now and would like to persue medicine at ukzn ,I got an average mark of 81% and got 91% in English,78 % physics,85% life science and 67% maths….what are my chances of being admitted in 2019 with these results?

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  168. Ayanda
    Ayanda says:

    I want to be a surgeon I have matric and I am upgrading my maths and science this year.I have a dream of becoming a surgeon but I don’t know how please help me I will be grateful

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Ayanda, You are going to apply for a medicine degree. Your matric marks are important, particularly for maths and science. Make sure you have extra mural/ leadership and volunteering to add to your application. This actually counts for marks at many institutes. Your NBTs are also important to your application. It’s a good idea to do a work-shadow in a hospital just to confirm that you really want to work in that environment. Kath

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  169. Pleasure
    Pleasure says:

    Hi kath
    I’m currently doing my grade 11 , I do physics life sciences and pure maths , medicine is the route I want to travel but most of the time I get an aggregate between 68%-75% so is it going to be possible for me to take medicine if I get the same aggregate in matric?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It is unlikely you will get a place in medicine with that aggregate. I suggest you look for a second choice that is more within your achievement band. However, it is not impossible to get a place with a 75% average so you should still apply for medicine. Make sure you also have extra mural/ leadership and volunteering to add to your application. This actually counts for marks at many institutes. Your NBTs are also important to your application. All the best, Kath

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  170. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    hello I am Amanda and i am a nursing student doing a degree and i never did math at school so i wanted to know if can i get into medicine with my nursing degree

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Amanda, Unfortunately not. You need to write the maths National Benchmark Test to get into medicine. If you didn’t do maths at school, you are not going to be able to score well enough on it to be accepted. Nursing is a great basic degree though and there are a lot of interesting Honors and Masters specialties you can take. All the best, Kath

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  171. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Hey Kath, I’d like to apply for pharmacy in UWC for next year I have 80% in pure maths , 86% in physics , 75% in Life sciences , 77% in English FAL and the rest of my subjects are in the 70s are my marks enough or would I have to upgrade ?

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